Why love what is not lovable?

“…whatsoever ye have done unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40

Her parents didn’t want her and put her in an orphanage after she was born. The girl dreamed of them coming back, but instead she was dragged from one place to another. The parents did not come back. She vented her anger on the world by attempting to commit suicide. Through a series of events, she eventually found her parents again. She moved in with them, but the situation was tense. When the parents said they wanted to adopt the little baby and start over, the girl longed to be a part of it all. But she said she didn’t want to be a burden to them and could leave, her father immediately came to help her pack things. While stuffing the girl’s belongings into plastic bags, the father put $10 in her hand and said good-bye. Now the girl lives on the street, sleeps in stairwells and looks for food in garbage cans. Unfortunately, this story is not unique. There are endless stories like this. Probably, there is someone like her in your close circle – forgotten, unloved and isolated. They are usually very difficult to reach because they feel unwanted and useless. They share the earth with inferiority, poor self-image and lack of self-esteem.

What do we do? Instead of loving them, we label them. Instead of caring, we criticize. What should we do? Open your heart! Love means much more than shaking hands in church. Love takes time to develop and grow. Therefore be merciful. Remember that a tough exterior is just a cover. Find new ways to reach out, encourage, and show care for those who are hurting. Why? Because Yeshua said, “…whatsoever ye have done unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” That’s reason enough!

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