I recieved this in an email from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I just loved what this little devotion had to say and was convicted.
"Loving the Unlovable"
By: The Familyman Todd Wilson, Familyman Ministries
Loving the unlovable can be broken down into two camps: those who live outside your home and those who live inside your home. The first group is sometimes hard to love (and I'm betting the other writers above me have addressed that group), but the second group is about ten times harder to love.
I'm not sure why it's so hard to love those sometimes-unlovable people in our house, but it is. Maybe it's because it's just so daily. We can't escape them. We wake up and they're grumpy, we eat lunch and they're grumpy, we gather for dinner and they're grumpy, and they go to bed grumpy.
We pray and ask God to help us love them unconditionally and then hope that they will be supernaturally transformed during the night.
"Good morning, Honey," we say cheerfully to said unlovable.
"What's good about it?" they respond gloomily.
Here we go again.
We're tempted to inwardly think, "That's it. I'm done trying . . . I just can't be nice to you." But that's exactly when God whispers back, "Wives, love your husbands . . . Husbands love your wives . . . Parents love your children . . . Love your neighbors . . . Love your enemies . . . Love those who persecute you . . . Love those who mess up your house, wake up grumpy, and fall in the "unlovable-camp".
So, Mom and Dad, tighten your belt, roll up your sleeves and keep praying for endurance, patience, and for the ability to love unconditionally. Don't just pray for their change . . . but also for yours.
Usually, when an unlovable is being unlovable, they need extra attention and grace. I know that's the last thing you WANT to give them . . . but it's what they need. And remember this: sometimes you belong to the group of unlovables.
It ain't easy, but then again, love never is.
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