Session 3

How to love the unlovable

From 1 John: A 7-Day Devotional

It’s easy to love people who love you back. But then there are times when it’s not so easy to love. The times you have been hurt and wronged. Are you still supposed to love someone who hurts you? And, if so, how?

In 1 John 3:14-15, John, one of Jesus’ closest friends, warns us that hating someone makes us murderers in our hearts. God wants us to love even those who are hard to love.

Our ability to love others on our own is limited. It’s circumstantial, based on how we feel about the other person and the way he or she treats us. But with God’s help, we are able to love others the way Jesus wants us to — everyone, all the time.

We can show real love because we’ve experienced it. Jesus gave up His life for us before we ever knew Him. That willingness to love those who don’t deserve it is what John is calling us to. That is what it means to follow Jesus.

1 John 3:24 promises that as we open our hearts to love others, we experience a deeper relationship with God: "The one who keeps God’s commands live in him, and he in them.”

Are there people in your life that you need some extra help loving? It’s OK to be honest and ask God for help loving others. He has given us all a great capacity to love, and in His strength, we can overcome all barriers.

Reflect:

  • Is anyone in your life hard to love? What is it about that person that you struggle with?
  • What’s one way you can show that person love this week?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Don’t follow the rules

Our world has perfected the art of performance-based love. It is exhausting to feel like you’re only as valuable as you are expendable. ...

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Session 2

Why God’s love is different

What if God was not love? What if He existed as all-powerful and all-knowing but lacked the attribute of love? Love sets our God apart f...

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Session 3

How to love the unlovable

It’s easy to love people who love you back. But then there are times when it’s not so easy to love. The times you have been hurt and wron...

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Session 4

How forgiveness changes you

We’ve lost our temper with our kids, ignored an opportunity to be generous, or let the urge to indulge get the better of us. We’re not y...

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Session 5

What to do when we doubt the love of God

Most of us, at some point, will question or doubt God’s love. Having doubts doesn’t make us bad Christians. It just makes us human. ...

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Session 6

Three ways to prevent sin

Every Christian wants to know the secret to living free of sin. When Jesus tells the woman caught in adultery, “Sin no more,” we wonder, ...

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Session 7

Where to find joy

When was the last time you sat back, looked around, and realized you were grateful for your life? We experience joy when we’re connect...

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