Good morning, friends! I apologize I have not written in a few days. My life has been very crazy! From traveling to getting back on track with my current job to finding another job, I have quite a bit on my plate. Nevertheless, I am wanting to make for time to encourage you all!
As I was getting ready for work this morning, I kept on thinking about something that happened yesterday. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, but I will tell you this: something dear that belonged to one of my family members was destroyed by someone who is not very fond of my family. Now, you may be thinking, what in the world is Marissa talking about? Like I said, I don’t want to get into detail because that is not fair to those who are/were involved. I am writing to encourage you to love even when it hurts. When your insides are screaming out, “How in the world could this person do this to someone I love?” “This is just not right; it’s unthinkable!” My dear friends, we live in a world of hate and anger. It is the “unpopular” thing to love those who persecute us.
When I was telling one of my friends about what happened, they were very upset. All I had to say was, “I forgive _________. I may not like what they did, but I still forgive them.” My friend immediately knew exactly what I was talking about. You see, it’s easy to love when things aren’t directly affecting us. But when it does affect us, it sometimes may seem impossible to forgive. I think though about how much God loves us. We say/do things constantly that hurt, but yet God still loves us. He always has arms open wide, saying, “My child, oh how I love you. I know you will make mistakes over and over again, but you are so dear to me. That will never change my love.”
Friends, will you join me today and everyday in loving people even when it hurts? Will you choose love over anger? Will you choose love over hate? Will you choose love over retaliation? This world needs love. It needs love NOW.