“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” Swedish Proverb
Jesus referenced the fruitless product of loving those who love us. We are doing nothing more than those who were considered to be the worst of sinners.
The challenge has always been the application of loving those who do not deserve it. When we continually give and receive nothing in return, we feel helpless and want to leave or give up.
In those moments we need to remember how our God feels when He continues to give and receives nothing in return. Worse yet, is how He must feel when we blatantly reject His love pursuing our own selfish desires.
Leadership should remember this Swedish Proverb. When we show unconditional love, especially to those who deserve it the least, two possibilities exist: 1) We are demonstrating a God-like spirit, and 2) We are helping those who really need it understand the nature of God’s love as it is seen through us.
The effort is worth the time when we consider the outcome. Lead in love!