“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48
These are the very things we don’t want to do when it comes to someone who isn’t a friend to us. However, these are the things Jesus calls us to do. How do we begin? Here are eight things you can do to help yourself love someone who doesn’t love you back.
8 Ways To Love Someone Who Doesn’t Love You Back:
When you’ve done all these things, stay open to what God may do in your relationship to the person with whom you struggle. Remember, you can’t change the heart of any other person, but God absolutely can change the heart. Hope in Him. As you seek to live peaceably through praying, loving, and blessing someone who doesn’t love you back, you are being obedient to the Lord, and that is the most important thing. Who knows, but God may so turn the heart of the other person that the two of you may one day become the best of friends!
If you have ever had the experience of trying to love someone who doesn't love you back (haven't we all?) we'd want to hear your story! Please share in the comments below.
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