1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us.
Life is full of people who rub us the wrong way. Whether it’s within our family, co-workers, church family, or those in the community, we’ve all encountered at least one person who drives us absolutely crazy.
So, as followers of Jesus Christ, how are we to handle those who are difficult to love? Jesus made it very clear in His word that we are to “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” So does that mean we just force ourselves to put on a fake smile while all along we are hurting and frustrated inside? God provides for us ways in which to handle difficult situations, especially when we are called to love the “unlovable.”
Seek guidance from the Holy Spirit – Our calling as Christians is difficult, but we don’t have to do it alone. Remember that your kindness could portray the gospel of Jesus Christ to someone who desperately needs it.
Seek wisdom through God’s Word- The Bible gives us the best advice and wisdom on how to handle difficult people and the more we dig into God’s Word, the more we allow it to change our lives and attitude toward those who we see as “unlovable.”
Seek to understand their story- Through Godly wisdom, seek to know the hardships in someone’s life. This can give you an entirely new perspective and understanding of their personality.
Seek peace- The Bible tells us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” I know what you’re thinking, “this is an impossible task!” But remember, nothing is impossible for God and as His children we are called to be a witness of His great love.
Who are the people in your life who are the most difficult to interact with? Christ has taught us to not only outwardly treat them with kindness and respect, but to also view them through His eyes—with understanding and compassion. His example and transforming power in our lives will equip us to go out and love as He loved.
God is Love is action, not just a feeling!