There’s a line in the chorus of a Relient K song that goes, “Jesus loved the outcasts; He loved the ones the world just loved to hate.”
It’s such a beautiful way of putting it. But let’s be honest, as human beings, we do not always love the outcasts. There are people whose existence we harmlessly ignore, and people we purposefully avoid. There are people that we find ourselves disliking just as much as the rest of the world.That doesn’t sound like love, does it?
John 13:24 Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” He doesn’t just tell us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves; He gives us a much greater requirement. He tells us to love each other as He loves us. I won’t go into detail about how much Jesus loves us. That’s a different story-a beautiful story-for another day. I will say that He loves us unconditionally. He loves us regardless of whether we’re angry, broken, content, lost, or alone. He doesn’t care if you’re an outcast or how much the world hates you, so as Christians, we shouldn’t care either; we should be loving unconditionally. We should make a point of loving the outcasts; we should make a point of loving everyone. It’s hard to do, but if we just start with loving one , I think we’ll find a reason to love all the others.
I pray that I can start loving the ones the world just loves to hate. I pray we all can.