Devotion for the week of 2/17/14-2/23/14
Unrequited, unreturned, love is something I’m sure we’ve all faced at some point in our lives. When you like someone and they don’t like you back. For some of us, when that happens, we look in the Bible to see what it says about it. Many people believe that the Bible doesn’t say anything about things like unrequited love. But when you look a little closer you see that it actually does. Maybe it doesn’t say it in the way you’d expect, but it does say it. First, we must remember that Jesus has experienced pain, too. So when we are hurt by things, in this case, unrequited love, it’s important to remember that Jesus knows what it’s like to be hurt. John 1:10-11 says, ‘He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.’ Unrequited love is a form of rejection. And Jesus has been rejected, too. He loves everyone, the entire world, but they don’t all love him. He gave them a choice to love him or not, and some have chosen not to love him. It’s the same with us. We can try but, honestly, we can’t make someone like us. We can be ourselves and hope that they like us but, in the end, it’s their decision. It’s their choice. We have given them a choice to like us or not, just as Jesus has given them a choice to love him or reject him. Jesus has been rejected by millions of people. But instead of focusing on that, he focuses on those who do love him. And we should do the same. So the next time you like someone and they don’t like you back, don’t feel bad! It doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you! Just as they chose not to like you, you should choose to focus on those who do like you: your family, your friends, and, most importantly, Jesus. Jesus loves you more than anyone ever can! He loves you so much that he died for you! He loves you unconditionally! In your life there will people that don’t like you. But just remember how much Jesus loves you.