The list can go on and on. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. It looks beyond abrasive behavior to see and meet the real needs hidden there. What are you waiting for? Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Maybe they say sly insults, tell bad jokes, or invade our personal space.
God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. How have I mistreated others? My husband is the best disarmer I know. Instead, he demonstrated amazing humility and compassion on those he led, repeatedly interceding for them. In our broken, sin-filled world, they are everywhere. The constant is found in you — and in our faith — as we refuse to allow the crowd to define who we are. The problem is when we start telling people what their next steps might be. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
But love is not selfish; it seeks the best for others 1 Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 2:3. And I wonder how this idea that we should love everybody always might apply to someone like Harvey Weinstein or Larry Nassar. Give me eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in my life, and show me how to meet those needs in a way that pleases You. What are the essential ingredients in learning to love other people unconditionally? What did that mean to you? And even at the very end of his life, he was still lovingly leading the disobedient Israelites. Most of the time, people have redeeming qualities if we choose to see them.
God died for us at our worst, in the midst of our sin, when we were totally unlovable Romans 5:8; John 15:13. Moses never stopped loving them, even at their worst. My escape was merely a trip to the bathroom in which I took a deep breath behind the locked door before re-entering my world of diapers, blocks, and Daniel Tiger. So we started meeting with witchdoctors, I actually met with over 1,000 witchdoctors so far in Uganda. Just in case you think I never make a mistake, I have missed it too many times. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. They were polished on the outside and dark on the inside, and they concocted devious plans for Jesus and his followers.
Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. The other day as I was struggling with some very real criticism, it occurred to me that Jesus dealt with this. But I suggest we are more like our patient and loving Savior when we bear with each other and seek to show mercy and kindness, no matter how we are treated. Life is full of people who rub us the wrong way. It is not in there. From the book, we have a witchdoctor school.
You can find out more about her at. How do other dimensions of reality help us learn to accept and love ourselves? Cite this page: Editor: Stephen Smith. Forgive me when I fail to love others in the same way. The key is coming to the realization that it is impossible for us to love certain people. The co-worker who is willing to do anything to get ahead, including taking credit for your ideas. Apart from God and His power, we are selfish, and loving ourselves comes much more naturally than loving others. And I asked them, what do you need? Here are six practical ways, among many others, to show love to a difficult person God has placed in your path1 1 Pray for your own heart.
How can we possibly be genuine with all these negative emotions broiling just beneath the surface? The easy thing is to cut the troublesome person out of your life when possible, or just avoid them at best. God wants us to love each other in the same way that He loves — unconditionally. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. But even people we generally like can sometimes be difficult to love. Whether it's within our family, workplace, church, or community, we've all encountered at least one person who drives us absolutely crazy. I wonder what our relationships would look like if we did love the way Jesus loves us. These are principles that Jesus talked about: to love everybody, always, and to start with the people who are more difficult.
He knows our struggle to love well when we are hurt or offended or when people are flat rude. Do you find yourself avoiding your family? It is , the essence of which is sacrifice. Find ways to engage them in conversation, meet them for coffee, send them a text. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Will you dare to love? Jesus was the only one who loved perfectly. That day I sent a response. If we are to grow in godly character, in a God-sized love, then we have to work that out in loving when we are hurt and offended, loving when it feels underserved, unwarranted and unrequited, and loving when it is just plain hard. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. Thank you for consistently pointing us in the right direction. So, what do we do with these people? The person in your ministry who is constantly complaining about your leadership, who thinks he has better ideas and communicates them with a sharp and biting tongue. I remember reading an email one time and it was heavy.
Whatever their annoying or hurtful habits are, our spirits are dampened and flustered by their presence in our lives. On the sign up form, select An Anchor For The Soul — Devotional Guide 52 Weekly Devotionals to your email preferences. Part of the difficulty of loving others is that we often try to do it on our own, whipping up feelings of love where none exist. I could hit the delete key. He lay prostrate before God, fasting forty days and nights after Aaron and the Israelites had made the golden calf to worship Deuteronomy 9:13—18. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. It can be difficult for us to rely on God and to give ourselves to Him, but He also allows this difficulty so that His glory can be seen all the more.