She walked up to him with loving eyes and a big smile as she leaned over and presented him with a gift basket filled with goodies. The shiny gold and white balloons that were attached to it bobbed in the wind.
He looked up at her in bewilderment and stuttered “fo-fo-for me?” His tattered clothes, over worn shoes, and cardboard sign announced his story.
It’s easy for us to give to the ones we love. The world is actually expecting us to exchange delectable chocolates, Easter eggs, fluffy bunnies, and other treats with those we love. But have you ever pondered: who will love the “Unlovables?” Whose job is it to show affection to the homeless…the drunks… the drug addicts? Who will show compassion to that disrespectful juvenile on the corner or for that deceitful coworker?
If you answer these questions without accepting accountability, then your answer is wrong. We need to take responsibility. Loving those people we deem undeserving or unimportant is no easy task, but that’s what makes our efforts commendable. And that’s when God will richly reward us. Luke 6:32-33 put it this way; “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.” So start loving the unlovables; do it for the sole purpose of extending the same love that Christ extends to us in our most unlovable moments.
Heavenly King, remind us daily to reach out to those persons who are not easy to love. In whatever little way we can, help us to show genuine kindness to those least favored and neglected.
Walking the Talk:
We can easily begin to identify those individuals we can’t stand as well as those we see in need. No matter how undeserving we view these unlovables, let us start planning and implementing simple strategies that will demonstrate Christ’s love. This Easter, and onward, surprise an unlovable with a meaningful gift, invite them over, offer a friendly smile, or a well needed hug. Discover their needs and turn them into realities. Start small, and God will increase your efforts.