Many times people get involved with loving someone and then become hurt because of rejection. They seem to place a limit on their love because they feel they have been used. But we must stop and understand that there is Someone who loves us so much that He will never leave us for one moment. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5b).
We can love people the way Jesus Christ does, for He will love them through us. Loving is not characterized by what we can get out of a relationship, but what we can give someone. It is not what we need, but what we can share. Does it make a difference if our love is not returned? “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV).
How can we effectively serve our enemies if we withdraw our love from our own friends (2)? “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Let us learn to be imitators of God and live a life of love. “Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us”(Ephesians 5:1-2).