Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt [Part 2]

Are you ready for some good news?

It’s possible to be so secure in Christ that you can love as if you’ve never been hurt.

Today’s Text: “And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 45:7–8, ESV)

Joseph prefigured Christ in manifold ways. Perhaps, the most Christlike dimension of Joseph’s noble life was this: he loved those who hurt him.

It’s hard to love those that hurt you. Here are a few obstacles to loving those who don’t deserve it:

Love is risky, daring and intimidating.

Ever notice that James Bond never really loves the woman? He might share an adventure, a cocktail or a bed with her – but he doesn’t share true love. Why? Love makes you vulnerable. That’s why Bond doesn’t cry over the love of a woman. Clint Eastwood never gunned down someone and then had his heart broken for the lack of a woman’s love.

God’s love is powerful beyond measure. When you dare to love, you are actually moving in the power of God.  But most people are afraid to take the risk.

We remember pain and want to avoid it in the future.

If you touch a hot stove, your mind remembers the pain so you won’t touch it again. If you have experienced emotional pain in relationships, your soul remembers it and doesn’t want to touch it again. God’s grace can melt the heart of stone and bring about a new way of thinking.

The law of sowing and reaping predisposes us to repay sin with punishment.

Part of the reason that it’s hard to love someone who has hurt you is that the unkindness they have sown toward you is “demanding” a response in like kind. Everything in this world reproduces after its own kind - - except the grace of God. The grace of God doesn’t return hatred with hatred; instead, God’s grace returns love to those who hate.

Joseph’s brothers despised him, rejected him and abused him. In return, Joseph loved the brothers, accepted them and blessed them. That’s the power of Christ. And that’s the Gospel!

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