It’s easy to love people who love us.
It’s not so easy to love “difficult” people…those who jab at us, put us down, demean us, ridicule us…
I have had some very challenging situations the past couple weeks with some people I would be quick to label as difficult. Each conversation and interaction, I have prayed for His guidance in the words coming out of my mouth. I definitely needed wisdom on when to listen and when to hold my tongue!
I feel God asking me to love this difficult person. And this difficult person. And this one. You get the drift.
The reality is…
We have never walked a mile in their shoes or even a step. These people we label as difficult have stories. Is it right the way they are treating us? No, usually not, but I have found it helpful to remember I do not know their story.
Instead of being bitter and resentful, I am praying and extending grace towards them. God has extended grace to me time after time. I know He is asking me to extend grace and show love.
In this post-election aftermath, I am sure you have heard hateful remarks. You may be dealing with your own difficult people. Pray over the situation and pray for them. God truly can and will move mountains, but we have to be willing to open our hearts to loving those difficult people.
I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true self, your God-created self. Matthew 5:44-45 the Message