As Christians, God challenges us to love one another no matter what and I wondered why in the world He would do that—it’s not easy! I discovered that it’s not because He wants to boss us around or make us do things we don’t want to do (and there are definitely times where I don’t want to!), but it’s because people need love. We are genetically wired to desire love…His love.

Before I became a Christian I thought Christianity was simply a set of rules to follow, a life of limitations and I thought I was too imperfect, too outspoken and too lost to be loved by God. But I couldn’t ignore the brokenness I felt in my heart. There was a void and no matter what I did or what I tried, it wasn’t filled until I accepted His love.

I wouldn’t have this amazing loving relationship with God if someone hadn’t extended His love to me through their actions. I’d still be fumbling around in the dark unknowingly trying to fill that void that only He can fill. God loves me unconditionally in spite of my imperfections and He loves you in spite of yours too!

Yamile Alinur

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