Spiritual Practice

Worthy of My Love?

Angela Banks

On some days, I am kind, good, and loving. On other days, I’m grouchy and mean. Sometimes I lie. Other times I cheat. Sometimes I hurt people I care about.

Matthew 5:43-48 challenges us to love as God loves.

On my “bad Angela” days, I am not worthy of love. On these days, I wonder why God thinks I’m lovable. I certainly don’t! But since God knows far more than I do, I will trust God’s wisdom.

Still, the question doesn’t end with me.

There are people I like, people with whom I laugh and joke. There are people with whom I share secrets and people I trust to help me out with a favor. These people are easy to love. But there are others: people who hurt me with their words and actions, people who gossip, lie, cheat, steal, reject, and kill. When I think about these people, my heart closes. I want to believe God hates them. Instead, I’m reminded that, in God’s eyes, they too are worthy of love. God, who loves us all, loves them too. So I will follow God’s example and seek to love other people, even those I don’t like, in the same way that God loves me.

Think about It: Maybe we are worthy of love not because of who we are and what we do but simply because God loves us.

—from devozine® (November/December 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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