Think about someone you struggle to like. I bet it doesn’t take long for someone to float to the surface of your mind. This could be a neighbor, colleague, family member – anyone whose personality might not mesh so well with ours, or whose history is a messy tangled in our own.
We know what God’s word says – we’re to strive to love all, not just like the people we don’t prefer to be around… God calls us to the radical way of love. But what does that look like, to love those whose company we find grating, whose personality we don’t mess well with?
Here are 5 very practical, simple ways to begin to love the people you struggle to like:
When we sit down to pray, we bring a lot of baggage! As soon as we wake, our thoughts threaten to go rogue. Praying Scripture is a powerful way to reset our focus. God seeks a relationship with us, rooted in prayer and the study of Scripture. Through these divine methods of communication, believers experience the presence of God in their daily lives. His peace, which transcends all understanding, permeates the lives of those of us who choose to walk with Christ. We are continually enlightened by the way God connects His truth and our prayers to everyday life. May the following verses, and prayers that follow, inspire us to fix our hearts on who God is and what Christ has done for us.