Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings“
We all want to be loved.
It is innate in every one of us. To live without love would be crippling and destructive.
God’s Word tells us that to have a thing, and we need to be that for others. Then, it will come to us.
Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
1 John 4:11 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
It is a simple yet profound thought to show love in this world today.
We often judge a person to deem them worthy of our love. God breaks through all barriers and commands us to love those we wouldn’t usually.
Luke 6:35 “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”
We can use the most extreme case to justify the difficulty in loving an enemy. But we truly miss the point God tries to make. We do not possess the capacity to love as He commands. Only God can love like that.
We must look past our preferences, prejudices, pride, and opinions of others to see them as our Heavenly Father – a soul for whom Christ died.
The love of John 3:16 must be present for us to love someone who has hurt us or someone we love. Some hurt so deeply, who have never known that love that will find it hard to accept an act of kindness.
They may view it as an angle to leverage their trust for your selfish gain.
But when we are unselfish in the love we give and sacrifice, they can begin to see that there is an open door for them to pass through and be loved unconditionally.
It is a beautiful thing to be the apple of someone’s eye. It becomes magnified when it is God who sees us thus.
If you are God’s child, He loves you with an everlasting, undying, unwavering, unconditional love. It would be selfish of us not to give it to those with a much greater need than our own.