How do I love someone who has hurt me or someone I love?

“Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8 NIV

I don’t have difficulty being kind, but loving deeply? I know this verse is a command from God, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. How do I love someone who has hurt me or someone I love? Or love that certain someone who is just hard to like?

I know that, like forgiveness, loving someone doesn’t make what they did acceptable or right.  It doesn’t take away that person’s responsibility to own their sins and repent before God. It doesn’t even remove the hurt, frustration, and anger that lingers under the surface.

But whatever the individual did to me or my loved one isn’t what God is addressing here. He’s talking about me and my choice to love. He’s asking me to be obedient.

It isn’t my place to change another’s behavior, only mine.

1 Peter 4:8 reminds us when we choose to love someone, that love will help us forgive the one who wronged us or our loved one. God’s love covers a multitude of sins.

To be honest, I’m not very lovable when I get real and think about it. Yet Christ loved me so much, He died for me. That’s loving deeply.

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Published by Author Heidi Gray McGill

Heidi and her husband of over thirty years live in South Carolina. Besides writing Christian fiction with relatable characters in life-changing stories, Heidi relishes time with family and friends. She enjoys scrapbooking, playing games, traveling, and building bridges with her grandsons that must fall with a loud crash and usually involve a monster truck.

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