Some people are hard to love. My immediate thought when I encounter hateful people who seem unloveable is that they don’t know Jesus. They may know of him but lack a relationship with him. Don’t make the mistake of believing someone knows Jesus because you see them sitting in a pew at church. Our outward sign that we love God is that we love others; that shows that his spirit resides within us. God has given me the ability, as I’ve grown closer to him, to look at someone I disagree with or whom I find unintelligent and see where the devil has misled them. These people are valuable tools in the hands of evildoers, but they are also someone we should target and try to bring into the saving knowledge of Jesus. If God has hardened their hearts, then at least we tried, and perhaps we planted a few seeds so when he allows the truth to penetrate their hearts, we will have done our part to help bring them to salvation. It’s never wrong to try.
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:6-8
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