The world can demand for love and affection like it’s the other man’s obligation to love you but not you. Yes the bible admonishes us to be kind and affectionate towards each other. To bear each others burden but not once did it say that anyone has the right to be loved.
Now you have to read carefully so that you don’t misquote me. I am not saying it’s not our responsibility to love, of course it is but it is not our responsibility to demand for it when we feel we are not getting it, either from our family, spouse, peers, and the likes.
Jesus, our shinning example, was facing the greatest challenge of His life and needed the support of His disciples when he went to pray. As their boss and friend, He could have demanded for their love when He came back and found they were sleeping instead of praying for Him, instead He left them after a calm expression of His dissatisfaction.
We can learn a thing or two from the example of Jesus Christ. Just because we are closely kneaded with someone does not mean they are under the obligation to fulfill the unspoken demands of our love. As a king-priest who Christ has made us, no one is obligated to love us but we are obligated to love everyone.
The closest Jesus got to making a demand for love was turning to God when He asked why He forsook Him. I don’t think God gave Jesus any reassurance at the point according to the scripture but this did not deter Him from carrying out is hard assignment. In the same way, the only one we can turn to when everyone seem not to care about what we are going through is God.That is the only place we can truly find solace but even at that, we must be willing to trust His response if it is not exactly the same with our expectation.
Yes, we all need the love and support of our loved ones but what happens when we don’t get it. Like a husband who suddenly gets estranged, or a mother who deserted his family. A brother who would rather spend money on an unnecessary vacation rather than pay your hospital bill or a tough boss who fails to acknowledge our selfless effort and contributions. Do we become bitter and defensive?
As a king-priest, we live a superior lifestyle to the world but no one said it will always be a bed of roses. There will also be torns on the bed at times but our attitude must be that of the military, you cannot be catching feelings on the battlefield worrying about a brother, a spouse, a sister or a friend who came short in fulfilling their role as a loved one.
I know, it’s a cup you will rather see pass over you, especially when you are going through but like Jesus, it’s not about your will but God’s. So instead of becoming bitter with loved ones and demanding for love, go ahead and fulfill your role to love without condition. If God wills, the cup will pass over you, and if you must drink it, you will be better for it. All things work together for the good of the king-priest!
– Written by Alex Amos
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