Isn't this the truth?
We want love to be easy, but real love is not. It's messy, and challenging, and painful, and hard.
It's sometimes in the trenches work - loving someone the Lord has placed in your family or home who just doesn't get 'you', or perhaps someone at work who just doesn't seem to like you and make no effort to hide it.
What ever the circumstance we are called by the Lord to love.
John 13:34 “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
1John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God.
1Peter 4:8 Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins.
Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.
I have been challenged lately in this department. It has been challenging to me to love a certain someone or two. I have allowed myself to feel 'frustrated' and annoyed. I have not been loving them.
The Lord never says it will be easy to love, or that I will feel all warm fuzzy about it, or that delightful music will play in the background....
Real love is hard work. That's the truth. I am thankful I don't have to do the work of love on my own. I have the Holy Spirit to help me, to love through me so it doesn't even have to actually be my own love that loves others, but His.
How thankful I am for the hard work Jesus did, and continues to do on my behalf. That is real love. The kind I'd like to have, and as the Lord has His way in my life, I will have - one day.