One Way Love
Do you love someone who does not love you back?
There is nothing more discouraging than to pour all your energy into someone, or some people, who do not respond to what you desire of them.
When to give up
In the dating world, this happens all the time.
People have to move on, and find someone else to date.
They do not love us, and never will.
This loss may take a long time to get over.
In the work world, we may work for those who do not appreciate us.
We have to decide whether to put up with it, or move on.
When you cannot give up
When we have unsaved loved ones, or others that God has put on our hearts, we cannot give up on them.
We may go months, years, decades or a lifetime, and not see our prayers answered.
Those we love break our hearts, as they constantly refuse to share our desires and heart for the Lord.
They reject us, and what is most dear to us.
A huge valley exists between us, and we long for the day when that valley does not exist.
We look into their dead eyes, filled with worldly desires and thoughts, and realize that the relationship is dead also.
How can they really love us and reject God, who is Love itself?
Loneliness and heartache set in.
Then anger …..
They do not care.
Why don’t they care?
They say they care about us, but they really don’t.
Why won’t they at least try to understand what is so important to us?
We care about them, take interest in what is important to them, but they do not return the interest.
We listen to them, hear what makes them happy or sad, hear their thoughts, join in their activities to support them.
But they will not listen to us, if we mention God.
We come to them when they need us, and help them with love.
And they may help back, as long as it has nothing to do with God.
They may claim they love us, but it is conditional, limited, and leaves us empty.
The door is closed.
We also have to endure constant insults to our spirits, as we see them in a sinful lifestyle, which they expect us to tolerate, since we should “accept them for who they are.”
If we stand on our principles, and identify sin when we see it, trying to be kind, and offer the hope of salvation, there is a violent, angry reaction, and they are offended.
Somehow, we have sinned against them, and we are not forgiven.
Their views must dominate the relationship.
They do not respect what we believe, and will not change.
But they want respect back.
For the one millionth time.
It is maddening.
They are spiritually blind.
And we are tired.
Very tired of the resistance, and offense, and rebellion.
Very tired of caring about them, and them not caring back.
So do we just walk away, and give up?
The Human Soul is Worth Dying for.
This is the lesson of the cross.
Jesus (Yeshua) died for that person who rejects His love, and rejects the salvation we want to share.
Jesus did not give up on us, so we cannot give up on them.
One lost soul is worth suffering for, to win them to Christ.
We must endure the rejection, the anger, the coldness, the unbelief, the lack of caring, and continue to pray for them.
No matter how tired we are, no matter how little reward there is for us, we must not give up on any soul who is blinded by Satan, and doomed for eternity unless their eyes are opened to the truth.
We may be the only person on earth who cares enough to pray for them.
We may be the only person on earth who can witness the love of Jesus to them.
No matter how long it takes, and it may take a lifetime, we must never give up on them.
We have to show them that they are worth it, and return love where there is defiance and rejection.
We may not see a change as long as we live ourselves.
But we have planted a seed of love and truth.
Now, we must believe that when the time is right, the seed will grow.
As the seed grows, unbelief will change into faith.
And faith will produce salvation.