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Love the Unlovable

June 24, 2013

“We are not to love fellow church members just because they are lovable. We are to love the unlovable as well.”[1]

Love the unlovable. That is a bold statement. Especially when Rainer was talking about the unlovable in your own church!

Each of us is unlovable to someone else. I am sure of it. The reality is that all of our differences make us unbearable for someone to be around. For every fan, there is someone who is not a fan. There is nothing wrong with that. After all, the variety is what makes us effective. Scripture speaks of it as part of a body and the different roles each person fills. We are each a different part with different skills and personalities. Embrace it.

Still having trouble loving the unlovable? I will close the deal here: When you look at someone, remember, they are a child of the Almighty God! The same God you are following. The same God you are serving. Honor God by loving His children – all of them!


[1] Thom S. Rainer. I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2013. 14

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2 Comments
  1. There’s a new country song by Lee Brice that’s titled “Hard to Love.” The chorus says “I’m hard to love I don’t make it easy I couldn’t do it if I stood where you stood.” This post reminded me of that. Sometimes the unlovable know they’re being difficult, and sometimes they don’t. Either way, it’s still our responsibility (and Christian promise) to love all. Not just those that are easy to love. Looking at someone as hard (or harder) to love instead of unlovable is the key for me to love all. I’m kinda difficult too…:)

    • If God can find us lovable, we should make the extra effort to love people. I think we can easily identify the hard to love, following through with loving them is the difficult part.

      I listened to the Lee Brice song on YouTube. Very interesting how it plays so well with the post. When I listened to it, I heard a double meaning. This was most likely not intended by the singer, but it was powerful.

      For those who want to see this video, no need to look it up, I have attached it here.

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