Sometimes hate is what we receive in exchange for our effort to love. It seems unfair, doesn't it? The love in our hearts should be - deserves to be! - returned with the same kind of love. Right?
But that doesn't always happen.
And when it doesn't, we feel heart-broken, unappreciated, and hurt.
Sometimes we choose people to love. And by doing so, we think that if we love them, they will love us and everything will work out just fine and dandy. But when that love isn't reciprocated, we feel discouraged.
Love is much more than just a feeling. It's a choice.
Sometimes we choose to love the person who is not concerned with loving us the way God would have them. When this happens, and we continually try to love them, we are headed for heart-break every time. We think that by accepting their demeaning behavior towards us, yet still doing what's right, then it's okay to take their blows. We think that if we keep loving and forgiving them like Jesus does, then their behavior towards us will just magically change.
But are we called to have faith in people? No. Sure, it'd be great if through our love, God touches someone's heart and life and they have a miraculous turn-around. But our hope shouldn't be in that. And the only way to end a cycle of being unappreciated and beaten down is if we walk away.
If that person really wants you to stick around, they will do everything in their power to make you stay. But if not, you're not losing much.
God knows our hearts, though. Regardless of how we try to show our heart's love to others and they don't understand and see it, God does. He knows all the love that we have for others. And all the love that we've given. He has every bit of it measured and poured into a treasure chest. Your treasure chest - in heaven! And in due time, you will reap what you have sown. Those who have done wrong against you, or hated you instead of loved you, will receive what they deserve as well. According to God's will. He is the reigning King of this world. He is the only One with the power to deal out consequences and rewards or punishments.
Don't grow weary of showing love. Love is the greatest of them all. Without it, this world would be a much darker place.