A devotion from one of my mentors, Aletha Hinthorn:
friend said that after reading in John 17:26 of Jesus' desire for us to
love Him, she prayed for three years that she might love Jesus more.
One day the Holy Spirit said, "If you love Jesus, you love every member of His body."
Could it be that if there is someone we do not love we are saying to
Jesus, "I do not love you enough to love that person"? We love Jesus no
more than we love the member of His body we care for the least.
God uses expressive terms to describe the kind of love we are to have
for one another. He tells us to "be devoted to one another," to "have
sincere love, and to "love one another deeply, from the heart" (Romans
12:10; 1 Peter 1:22).
God loves the inconsiderate co-worker, the salesman at the door, the
noisy people in the next apartment, the disappointing teacher, the rude
clerk at the store, and the pokey driver ahead of us. God loves, not
tolerates, all of us at all times. If we find someone
is difficult to love, we can invite the Holy Spirit to pour His love
into our heart.
When His Spirit fills our hearts, His Spirit becomes ours. Then we, too,
are "gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love" (Psalm