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Loving When It’s Not Easy

“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
—1 Corinthians 13:13

Love is the greatest virtues, agreed, but loving isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s usually during the difficult times when loving someone is the most important. Take a moment and stop to think of one person whom you really struggle to love. Maybe it’s someone you know. Maybe it’s someone you don’t know. Now, stop and say a prayer for that person.

Doing this doesn’t mean you have to welcome that person with open arms or always agree with his or her choices or decisions. It does mean, though, that you recognize that he or she is a child of God—just as you are.

Our attitudes toward the homeless, the incarcerated, people within our own Church, or someone of a different political persuasion, may be a little difficult to overcome. But try nonetheless. They deserve our charity as much as we deserve theirs.

In that spirit, enjoy the video below, produced by Go, Show and Tell. In it, Doug shares a story about taking a chance when God nudges our hearts to love others, even when it feels risky.


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