On loving weird folk (1 John 4:11)

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." - 1 John 4:11

Seems good enough a reason when I read it, but why is it so hard to live out?
What about treating others like God treats me is so hard?

I suppose the problem is somewhat related to the fact that I'm selfish and tend to find it difficult to treat other even as well as myself let along better than I treat myself. That is, the Lord treats me substantially better than I treat myself - let alone others.

But then this verse doesn't call me to love others as well as the Lord loves me, in fact all it asks is that I just simply love others. And why does God have to tell us to do that? Because even though it's obvious we're morons and again - we love ourselves. Not to mention some people are just difficult to love, they're weird or they smell funny or they talk too much or hang around too long or whatever.

We all know weird people and we are all someone else's weird person. Which makes us every bit as difficult to love no matter how people centric we are. But whether or not we're easier than other people, we're certainly not worthy of the love of God so it doesn't matter if we think those around us are worthy of our love. We aren't told to love them because they deserve it, but because God loved us.

Lord help us to put aside our self-centeredness and love others because you love us even though we don't deserve it.