Love the UnloveableBy Jerry Wierwille on 11/03/2019
What does it mean to be “unlovable”?
Unlovable -- “not deserving of love or affection, not having attractive or appealing qualities”
Are there unlovable people? Or just unlovable behaviors?
Luke 15:11-32 We are to love “unlovable” believers and unbelievers. Loving difficult people is difficult, but that is what God has called us to do.
At some point in our lives, we can probably see ourselves as both brothers: the wayward and the judgmental and selfish. We have all been unlovable.
Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died in place of the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous person will one die; though for a good person perhaps someone would even be brave enough to die. 8 But God shows his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died in our place.
Galatians 6:10 Loving the unlovable requires selfless giving, but such an act of kindness will yield the greatest reward in the Kingdom.
Luke 6:32-38 And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34And if you lend to those of whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive the same amount. 35But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil. 36Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 37“And do not judge and you will absolutely not be judged, and do not condemn and you will absolutely not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they give into your lap. For with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you again.”
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