John 15:12-14, 17 (NLT)
12This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command.
17This is my command: Love each other.
Luke 6:27-28 (CEB)
27“But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you.”
Certainly, we have heard these verses numerous times. But how well are we following the directions? Yes, it can be hard to forgive someone that makes you agitated or depressed. But God told us to love one another…as He first loved us.
For example, maybe you have an extremely annoying classmate whom you cannot seem to forgive. Instead of getting vexed at the situation, you can try to show kindness, patience and love towards them. If you do that, they might see God through your kind actions. Who knows? Maybe you two might become best of friends!
When you feel irate about someone, rather than being angry with them, try to figure out a way to love them instead. It’s better to gain a friend than an enemy. So, show your love to others, just as you love yourself.
The author is a middle school student from Singapore.
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