I’m supposed to love my neighbor? Okay, by golly, I will. So we try. We’re going to love if it kills us! And it may do just that. Could it be that the secret to giving love is to first receive it? The Bible says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph. 4:32 NIV).
Finding it hard to put others first? Think of the way Christ put you first. Scripture says, “Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God” (Phil. 2:6 NLT). Can’t we love like this? Not without God’s help we can’t. But if we haven’t received these things ourselves, how can we give them to others? Would we love as God loves? Then, start by receiving God’s love!