The commandment of Jesus to love is so self-evident it should be readily accepted by almost everybody. And yet today, His followers are being persecuted and executed in many parts of the world like never before. And many of those of profess to follow Him are hardly the loving and giving people Christ wants His followers to be. G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
Often, it is difficult to get out of one’s self to love and serve others. It is a lot easier just to look out for one’s self only.
Often, it is difficult to forgive those who have hurt us and even more so to turn the other cheek. It is a lot easier and sweeter to plot revenge and get even – in a distorted sense of justice.
Often, it is difficult to be humble and given to anger. It is a lot easier to let raw passion and hatred to rule our actions.
One of the things that life has taught me is that nothing good or of value has ever come easy. If it is worth having or worth doing, it is by the sweat of our brows that we get and attain it. The ultimate demonstration of this truth is the fact that there can be no resurrection without the crucifixion.