Love One Another
By Kristy Solis
A friend sent me this quote, “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regret. Love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t.”
It made me reflect on “what does it really mean to love one another?”
When I was growing up, my mother always told me, “You always love to a fault.” Unfortunately, this is still true. I truly try to love everyone!
When someone is not loving back or unkind, my instinctual reaction is to pray for them. “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
Now that I know what I know … I have been so blessed to be loved and to be able to give love. I have learned not all have been so fortunate. Sometimes, the one who needs the most love is the one who is not loving back.
I try to impart these sentiments to my daughters. Already my oldest “always loves to a fault.” Blessed are the peacemakers, these are the children of God. So, if you cross my path, you choose; I will probably love on you, pray for you or even both.
What do you teach your children about unkind people in this world? Sooner or later, they will cross paths with them. Remind them “to be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Lord, hear our prayers as parents to instill in our children to love one another as the Lord has loved each one of us – to not only love when it is easy or when we are being loved, but to choose love even when we are being challenged and not being loved. Remind us life is too short to not love one another.