“God show me your love and how to love like you” Is the prayer that I prayed last year. I understood that God is love. To please him, I had to be able to love. Whether it be loving my family and friends or loving that person who I can barely stand the sight of. One day at work I was doing patient care on a resident who was being a tad bit combative. She was one, my favorite residents. Whenever I needed a laugh I could always count on her to get the job done. That day she was Kicking and cursing when I was trying to take care of her, which was out of her character. In my mind, I was thinking “why is she acting like this when I’m trying to care for her, doesn’t she know that I’m only trying to help her out?!” she pushed me her foot against my stomach to try to keep me away from her. I remember thinking “I’m still going to take care of you” in my mind. That’s when it hit me, that’s how God feels sometimes when we are fighting against him. When our love one dies and we get mad at God for taking them away and we want nothing to do with him. When we sin against him knowing that it isn’t pleasing to his sight. When our life is one complete mess, because we get a little too confident in ourselves and try to work things out on our own instead of asking God how to fix it, or asking him to fix it for us.
Learning to love like God is the hardest thing that I ever had to do, but the bible says that if you don’t love, then you really don’t know God because He is love (1 john 4:8). One of the things that must be done to love like God is forgiving your neighbor. When the resident pushed me away with her foot I was slightly irritated, but I had to forgive her. Harboring Unforgiveness will prevent you from truly loving everyone the way God intended you to.
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven”Mathew 18:21,22.
Jesus says that we should forgive our brothers and sisters 77 x 7 which is 539 times. So let’s forgive ourselves, our friends, family, or neighbors and love them like God loves.