Some people we get along with right away, others may take time, others… well, not so much. Some people’s personalities just don’t mix… and that’s fine. We don’t have to be friends with everyone.
But what if those people who you don’t mix with are people who you have to be around? What if they are co-workers… ministry partners… or going further… your parent… spouse… or child? Sometimes, people are just difficult by nature, other times it may be caused by stress or depression.
Do you have someone in your life that is hard to love? I’m sure you do! I ask you to check your attitude towards that person. Are you exhausted trying? Are you exasperated? Are you hardened to their anger? Are you so over them being difficult that you may have become difficult yourself?
God calls us to love. God calls us to love even when it’s hard… and sometimes really hard. He calls us to love those that we may not choose to love. He calls us to love the ones that we have chosen, even when the circumstances are hard. As believers, we should be so filled with God’s love that it pours out of us effortlessly.
Maybe these people in our lives are the ones that need love the most. Maybe God put them in your life because He knows you have enough love to give. Maybe it’s hard right now… pray. Pray that God will give you the strength to love the unlovely. Pray that God will fill you up so much that it is actually easy. Pray… love.
“We love because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19
“The three most important things to have are faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13