Real love is real hard.
Harder than we often think. Reading some of Jesus’ words recently exposed what I think is the hardest part of real love:
 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.  Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:32-36 ESV)
The hardest part of real love is “expecting nothing in return.”
Loving this way is what demonstrates that you are a child of God, who loves us this way.
Leader, you know that you are called to love the people in your care. You know that your leadership means nothing if you don’t have love (1 Corinthians 13:2).
Love expects nothing in return. May this reality shape the way you lead and love.