How can we love someone that we don't even like??
Unlike what many say, love isn't just a feeling. We might feel like we love a person when our heart races and butterflies are flying around in our stomach. But what happens when you don't have those feelings anymore? Does that mean that you "fell out of love"?
Honestly I hate that phrase. The hard truth is if a person "fell out of love" they probably weren't "in love" to begin with.
Love is so much more than just a feeling. Love is an action!
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says it so well!
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."
WOW! That is so good!
So now that we have established exactly what love is, how do we love people that we may not know or even like?
For the most part I find it pretty easy to love people. That is of course if they love me back. I also need to be in a good mood and obviously they can't be annoying... Okay, so sometimes loving people is easier said than done. Which is why I've decided to share 3 ways to love someone that you don't actually like.
Always remember the WHY. Why do we love others? When we know our WHY it gives us the fuel we need to go through with the action. Ask yourself, why do you love others?
Put yourself in their shoes. This can be especially difficult if we are upset in any way but if we are able to step outside of ourselves, even just for a moment, we become open and receptive to the other person.
Learn how to love yourself. If we are constantly loving on others while neglecting ourselves we will eventually feel drained and have nothing left to give. We simply can not fill someone elses cup if our cup is empty! (I'd reference someone for that but I've heard it from so many different places. Just know it's not mine but it's good right!?!)
How do you plan to love someone you don't like?
We all have our different "love languages", what is yours?
Happy Valentine's Day!