In the world, we choose friends who are like us. When we don’t like them anymore, we change them. But Jesus never commanded us to like one another. He said,
“just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (Jn. 13:34).
On the cross, Jesus did not die for lovable people because there are none. In the greatest act of love in history, He gave His life for His unlovely enemies to make them lovely. In the church, God chooses family members for us—-from all walks of life. Therefore, stay in your church for as long as you can and love others who are not like you. The perfect church, full of perfected saints, we all long for is yet to come.
Look at the costly love poured out for you on the cross and embrace the call to costly love.