Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.”
Love isn’t easy. Not for you. Not for me. Not even for Jesus. Want proof? Listen to his frustration: “You people have no faith. How long must I stay with you? How long must I put up with you?” (Mark 9:19).
How long must I put up with you?
“Long enough to be called crazy by my brothers and a liar by my neighbors. Long enough to be run out of my town and my Temple …”
How long? “Until the rooster sings and the sweat stings and the mallet rings and a hillside of demons smirk at a dying God.”
How long? “Long enough for every sin to so soak my sinless soul that heaven will turn in horror until my swollen lips pronounce the final transaction: ‘It is finished.’ ”
How long? “Until it kills me.”
from A LOVE WORTH GIVING