Some people are just hard to love – perhaps I am one of them. Some are unreceptive to love – like trying to hug a porcupine; others make you feel like they will suck you dry. We all have boundaries of who we love, limits that we want to put on our heart to protect ourselves from disappointments and hurts. That’s why Peter asked Jesus how many times should I forgive. How many times do we let the same person trample on our heart? Surely there is a limit of what we can put up with?
Matthew 18:21-22 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” 22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.
You see love doesn’t have a cut off point or a breaking point. God’s love for us is not based upon our response to Him, but based upon who He is. He expects us to live and love the same way.
Galatians 5:14 For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. (The Message)
That is our challenge – we tire too easily of loving without results and without return. But God challenges us to love like he does. As someone said in our cell group last night – love uncapped.