Loving when it’s Hard


He reached for the bottle again. 

 She went behind my back and didn’t keep my confidences.

 My son relapsed. 

 My parents won’t speak to me.

 She no longer invites me to girls’ night. 

 She’s an adulteress.

 My child is a disappointment.

 My dad wasn’t there when I needed him.

We’ve all felt betrayed by someone. Whether in a marriage, a friendship, or family relationship, someone has betrayed our trust. These betrayals can break apart relationships because of their long-lasting sting.

We know life is messy in general. We’re born into a broken and sinful world and thus, we are a broken and sinful people. We’re going to get hurt, likely by someone close to us. And betrayal in any form can easily discourage us from loving because it’s so hard to recover from.

When Jesus was asked, “What is the most important commandment?” he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Mark 12:30–31 NIV). We’re reminded to love God and love others with the type of love God showers on us—an agape type of love. Agape is love given with grace. Doing for others out of love, even when it’s undeserved.

If you’re like me, when I experience a betrayal of any sort,  TO READ THE REST, JOIN ME AT THE GLORIOUS TABLE!

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