“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
Dear Jesus, I can get so hung up in the history of a relationship that I forget your one simple command to love that other person. As sinners we will always let each other down, misunderstand and frustrate one another. We can get lost in remembering the negative tone or the hurtful remark too. And remembering makes it so hard to love. But when you ignore the history because of grace, that’s when love is possible in all relationships. You have that love for me. Help me have it for the “others” in my life. And help them have this love for me. This forgiving and refreshing love, the kind that gives and forgives, is the physical evidence of our spiritual relationship with you. Give me that love always for every person I meet. Amen.
Love doesn’t need the other person to do or be anything special in order to respond well.