"But it is happy to love...it is happy to love even if you are not loved in return. There is pain, too, but Love does not think that very significant."
During lunch with a friend recently, she shared about a painful experience when she felt rejected by an inadvertent dismissal of a suggestion of hers by a loved one. In working though her intense reaction, she held her tongue, acknowledged the pain and heard its message. Although the pain was intense she had a light bulb moment when she realized this pain was a momentary discomfort and not a crisis. How much she wanted to reject back, but decided not to.
My friend's experience is serving as an example for me. This is something I need to work on this year. I hope I can find and extend the same grace.
You have heard that it was said,
‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you,
love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV)