2. Love Shared with Difficult Ones
Light the peace, hope and joy candles.
Read Leviticus 19:18
Leviticus includes all of the commandments Moses presented to the Israelites. In this verse we read the commandment, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” (NRSV) Loving is so much easier with those who love us back! But this commandment specifically tells us to love those difficult ones who have hurt us; those whom we would rather “kick back!”
As we consider how we may grow in love this week, is there anyone you need to forgive? Have you been holding any grudges that might now be lovingly released? How might doing so help you to love yourself better, too?
When we have been hurt by another, it is difficult to just let it be or walk away, and not seek revenge or get defensive. How do the words, “I am the Lord” strengthen and help us to obey this commandment?