Oftentimes, loving others is difficult. But why is it difficult? Yes, others make themselves difficult to love, but that is only when we are not conformed to Christ. Not that being conformed to Christ will suddenly change them, but it will change our motives. If our goal is to love someone with the pure love of Jesus, then we are conformed to Christ.
One of the ways to make it easier to love others is to look at them through Christ’s eyes. Jesus loves them. He wants the best for them. He forgives them and offers Himself on the Cross for them. He wants them in Heaven. If they are separated from Him, He cries for them.
Our religion appears to have many restrictions; however, we must realize that they exist because of love. God knows what is best for us. After all, He created us. These restrictions are there for our betterment. Like a parent who restricts their child from playing on the street. It is because the parent loves the child.
These restrictions exist for the purpose of love, but we must lead with love. The restrictions flow from love and are meaningless if we do not lead with love. “…the greatest of these is love.” – [1 Corinthians 13:13]