Boy you so stupid stupid
You get on my last nerves
How could you do this do this? Tyra B “Apology”
We love because he loved us first. If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both. 1 John 4:19-21
There will always be someone in your life who grates on your nerves. Their personality…way of talking…way of dealing with things can push you to an emotional edge. You want to lash out, confront and set them in their place. The fact is, they probably deserve it too!
But what do you deserve?
Christ loves us in spite of our weaknesses, personality quirks, desire to control, tendency to manipulate and moody attitude. We should love others “in spite” the same way . We are to “love because He loved us first.”
Christ makes no judgement against our weaknesses but embraces us first in His grace. His love strengthens and molds us into something better. His grace allows us to push beyond what we think that we are into what He has created us to be.
Christ love is like a flashlight that shows us the way to the light switch in a dark room. It is not complaint, judgement or anger that will show them to the light switch that is Jesus. It is the flashlight of Christ’s love that will help them see, for themselves, where they are weak.
If you are struggling getting along with others, maybe it’s time to to put in some fresh batteries and click on God’s love in your life.
Who knows, maybe the light switch you’ll find is for yourself.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Matthew 7:1-5
A week of getting along with others:
- Monday – Six traits of God’s Wisdom
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