Loving someone isn't always easy to do. Fortunately, I didn't have to learn how to love my daughter. I am amazed that even before they brought her to me and she was placed in my arms, I loved her. I loved her even before I knew who she was...before I knew she was born. That is how God was with each one of us.
God knew each one of us before we were born. He knows the beginning from the end so He knew all that would happen in each of our lives before we took our first breath. He knew how we would feel about Him and the choices we would make and yet He still loved us.
Many have rejected Him. Many are presently rejecting Him. Many will come to reject Him. Wow! I don't know if I would want to love someone if I knew ahead of time that they were going to reject me. It says though..."For God so loved the world...". There is not one out there that He has not loved or is not presently loving even though He knows what they are feeling in their heart towards him and his Son. Could you do that? Could you love someone if you knew ahead of time that they were going to reject you?
Loving someone makes you vulnerable. Loving someone does mean they could reject you. Loving someone does mean you will get hurt at times. I know that when my daughter started one of her newest "jokes", it hurt. I would say to her lovingly, "Give mama a kiss" and she, with a smile on her face, turns her face from mine. She thinks she is funny. She even tells me "Congcong funny" and laughs when she does it. Does she know that each time she does it, I feel rejected? No. Nor will I ever tell her that. Do I know that is not what she is trying to say to me? Yes. I know her heart. I know she loves me. Loving someone does make you very vulnerable to be rejected. Loving someone can also bring you the greatest blessings.
Mark 12:30-31 has Jesus telling us 'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these. If he commands us to do this, there must be a good reason for it. He never commands us to do something that is going to harm us. For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 He has promised us that.
If he has called us to love others, are we not to make ourselves vulnerable and do so? There are many out there who need you to love them. They often make it difficult to love them. They often push us away. There are many out there who are hurting and need to feel loved. There are many who have been rejected and afraid to open up their heart and love someone. I ask you to make yourself vulnerable and love someone. God did it for you. He gave us the gift of his Son because of his love for us. Who are we then to not turn around and love someone else? May you be blessed beyond measure because you did.