If you say that you love someone and yet talk about them behind their back then your actions do not show love at all. A red flag should go up anytime we hear someone being critical of someone else. That is what they do to us when we are not around.
A lot of us think that we are good people because we don't break the commandments. I find that most people don't even know the 10 commandments. Some of us could recite them but do we really understand what they mean. The two most important commandments are Love God and Love Others. If we are not able to grasp those two then what makes us think we are okay with the rest of the list?
It's easy to love those that are lovable and difficult to love those that are not so lovable. Don't go by your feelings but instead by your actions. If you have someone in your life who is not so lovable are you being critical of them to others with your words? Are you just tolerating them because you have to? Those are actions that have more to do with hate than love. What actions can you do to show love to those who you find unlovable? God will provide a way for you to do this in their life if you will just ask Him. Don't miss out on a great blessing by doing what God has done for all of us on the cross. †
I took this picture at sunrise in the mountains of Spain in 2007.