I think that I have believed for my whole life- that love is easy. I was reminded often growing up, that I was wanted and loved even before I was conceived. I didn’t grow up in a perfect family but I knew that I was loved by them even when I wasn’t good.
There’s s a compelling feeling inside our hearts to love those who already love us— but what about those that don’t show us love? How do we feel about the stranger or friend that stole from us or continually harms us? How do we respond to the poor orphan nearby or clear across the world? What about that family member that we haven’t been at peace with for awhile? What about our employers and co-workers? How do we react to those that believe differently than we do?
We say we love people but if loving others is so easy— why did God find it necessary to command us to love our neighbor as ourselves?
We say we love God but if loving God is so easy— why did God feel the need to command us to love him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength?
Love isn’t easy. Love can seem messy. Love can appear complicated. Love can be exhausting. Love can cost a lot. I agree, in my mind the only answer is to remember Jesus’ example and the commandment that he says is the greatest of all.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40