When we are focused on correcting others, we lose sight of love. We also lose sight of love if we are too focused on correcting ourselves, being so worried about living perfectly in ways that might be obvious to others, like giving up all our money or enduring hardships to show how righteous we are. On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus asked his disciples to love one another as he loved them. He even demonstrated this by washing their feet.
Questions for further thought:
1. What do you find makes it hardest for you to show love toward others – when someone has a bad attitude? When someone doesn’t even seem to be trying?
2. Is there ever a time when it is loving to correct someone?
Challenge: Direct your love toward someone who is hard to love by praying for him or her for a week.
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