Thursday, September 13, 2018 / TBN Staff

Even Though You Will Be Hurt, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt.


As he sits with Matt and Laurie on a recent episode of Praise, Jentezen Franklin looks hopeful. The hope in his eyes, at first glance, would seem to contrast with the words coming out of his mouth, “You will be hurt. . . offenses will come. . . not ‘might,’ not ‘they could happen’. . . somebody’s gonna hurt you.”


When hard times come in your relationships, love like you’ve never been hurt.


Now this may not be a message that hits home in your immediate circumstance, but if Jentezen is to be trusted, when the hard times come, this is going to be a message that will give you hope and help you lean on God’s grace.


The people you love the most are the ones who can hurt you the most, but even still, love like you’ve never been hurt.


Anyone can love people as long as they’re nice, kind, and easy to get along with, but when things get more difficult, that’s where prayer (and God) steps in.


Separate the person from the issue, and love like you’ve never been hurt.


As Pastor Franklin puts it, “Like God’s love for us, nothing can (or should) separate us from the people that God has called me to.” And it is by God’s grace that we’re able to reflect His love back to the people who are hurting us. . . just like He does for us.


Let go of what’s behind you, and reach for what’s in front of you, and love like you’ve never been hurt.  


The Bible is a primary source for this healing, and it’s through the Holy Spirit’s work in us (as we read God’s Word) that we learn how to trust, heal, forgive, and love again. Know that He is present for the process. Although healing doesn’t (always) happen overnight, He is faithful and true, and he will walk beside you every step of the way.


Don’t let someone else’s actions control the condition of your heart, love like you’ve never been hurt.