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Loving People Who Bring You Down!

December 28, 2012

I am going to go ahead and admit right off the bat, I really struggle with loving people who really suck the life out of me. Some I love a little easier, because they’re family, but I still struggle. For some it’s harder because they’re family, lol. Lately my own personal focus has been to try and watch my tongue. Proverbs 15:4 says a wholesome tongue is a tree of life! It’s so easy to be a critic and find what’s wrong in everyone else (at least in your opinion.) If we’d look in the mirror more and be honest with ourselves we’d be spending so much time working out the mess in front of us we wouldn’t see the fault in others so easily. As I see my own self-centered patterns and think of the things others have said to me about myself it’s easy to understand how destructive the tongue can be too. Proverbs 15:1 says a harsh word stirs up anger. I believe the times I’ve felt most depressed personally was right after listening to someone else tear me down. It may not have even been that bad a thing they said, but it stings so much. Remember that when talking to loved ones.

Now let’s turn toward our enemies. I know a lot of us don’t think we should have enemies and we should love everyone. Actually, both are true. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:44 “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” It’s not possible to love your enemy if you don’t have one. You certainly don’t have to put yourself in harm’s way repeatedly, but there will always be those who hate you out there. They are indeed your enemy, but we have to show them love. That doesn’t mean you need to invite them for dinner or hang out with them. It’s better to hang around those who irrigate your soil than those who irritate you (II Tim 4:9-15).

Maybe naturally we’re nice to people if we think there’s something in it for us. Well don’t look for people to pay you back. We wind up bitter because we wait at the wrong window expecting to be paid. Do things for the right reason, with the love of Christ. Claim the reward from Him! (Colossians 3:22-25) When you invest for God’s glory you will always come out ahead! I know I can’t do it on my own, but I’m trying to love those who are hard to love!!

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