What does it look like to love others?
To love people the way God wants us to love them?
It’s easy to love those who love us.
But what about the ones who don’t?
Or what about the people of the world we have never met?
Or those that we come in contact with that are homeless or jobless?
What does it look like to love others who may be dirty from living on the street?
Or the ones who dress differently than we do and act differently than we do?
What does loving them look like?
Years ago, our children had a game that was intended for car trips.
It was a set of long cards on a ring, as I remember it.
One person would ask the other player a question that was listed on a particular card.
I can’t recall all the the details of the game, but there was a colored plastic sheet that could go on top of a card.
If the plastic sheet was on top of the card, the answer could be read.
Otherwise, it was hard to see the letters–maybe they couldn’t be seen at all.
Loving people the way God wants us to love them has to start with understanding that God loves them.
If we don’t understand that, they are like letters and words that we cannot see on a card.
We don’t feel the need to love them because we have not noticed that they need love.
We have not recognized them as being precious to God and loved by Him.
Once the “colored plastic” of this truth is placed over our view of them, we see clearly what we had not before.
When that happens, God will allow us to see just what loving that other person means right then.
And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
—1 John 4:21