Loving Unlovely People


8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 Peter 3:8

Why do you think it was important for Peter to tell the believers to love one another? Was it not the hallmark of the Christian faith?

Of course it was, but often fellow believers are some of the hardest people to love because they are not always lovely people. We are blinded to our own unloveliness, but we see 20/20 the ugliness in others very clearly.

But Peter’s commission is for them to love one another, despite their foibles, egos, attitudes, and opinions. When we bicker and argue and make fools of ourselves, those outside the church walls see us and make harsh judgments about not wanting to associate with us. And two of the qualities we need to love it compassion an humility. You can’t love someone if you’re full of yourself. Likewise, if you don’t care about what your spiritual brothers or sisters are going through, you’re cold and uncaring.

Perhaps we just need a fresh filling of the spirit of God to unfreeze our coolness.


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