It’s not easy to love one another. It’s not easy to love one’s enemies. As followers of Jesus, we are called to that. It is a calling card of a Christian. It is what we are to be known by because that is what Jesus is known for.
That involved people and people are messy. We are messy. Others are messy. And sometimes that messiness leads to hurt and pain. And it’s not fun to be hurt, to be in pain. After awhile of this, the tendency is to want to shut off, to close ranks, to withdraw, to not feel. But that is not what should hold us back. Granted, it’s never fun to be hurt by people, regardless of whether they’re enemies or friends. But it’s good to remember in those times that Jesus knows what it feels like to be rejected, to be hurt by his enemies and his friends. But he still loved and cared for those around Him.
The Apostle Paul twice in two different letters to two different churches wrote “Do not grow weary in doing good” (to the Galatians and the Thessalonians). It’s easy to lose heart in situations where we get beat up emotionally while following Jesus in loving others. But it’s important to remember that we are not alone. We have the Holy Spirit, we have fellow believers to lean on and help to love others. We can continue to have a heart for those around us without losing heart because we as Christians follow the one who gave us a new heart.