Love On

Being around people who don’t share the same beliefs as you, is hard.

Especially when you’re spending 5 or even 7 days a week with them…

Maybe you’re teased or even hated by others for going to youth and church, the people around you say you’re wasting your time, and that you should be going out partying, and drinking and trying new things. They don’t understand why you do the things you do. This is how I felt when I was in high school, and had just given my heart to God.

But before that, I didn’t understand why some of the people I knew, wanted to go to youth and church on the weekend, instead of going out. But I’m so glad that those people who were in a relationship with God, kept loving me. Even when I wasn’t so nice to them about it, when I made fun of them in front of my other friends, because I didn’t understand. They showed me God’s love.

Love that is kind, patient, true, supportive, loyal, hopeful and trusting.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (MSG)

When you stand and tell your school, your family, your best friend, who Jesus is, and they make fun of you, keep loving them and pray for them. Because every time that you show them God’s love, they see His light in you. They might not understand why you have a relationship with God, and why you go to youth and church on the weekend, instead of parties, but just like I did, one day they will. And every time you loved them, when you could have hated them, and prayed for them to be blessed when you could have chosen to never think about them again, will be worth it.

Take some time now to pray, and ask God for the words to say to your unsaved friends and family, and that you would know His peace, love and joy in all situations so that you can be the light in your family and school.

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