Saturday, October 27, 2012

31 days of 27 (loving those we don't like)

I have a confession to make....

There are some people I just don't like.  Believe me, I have tried to like them but it's near impossible.  Please tell me I am not the only one who feels this way.  There are people you don't like, right??

I used to feel really guilty because God tells me to love EVERYBODY.  Uuuhh, really God? Everybody??  I began to think about His commandment to love my brothers and sisters.  I prayed about it and asked Him to change my heart.  What He changed was my thinking.  I realized it is ok if I don't like everybody.  What is not ok, is if I don't love them.  You see, liking someone is a feeling.  Loving the way God intends is an action.  I may dislike someone, but I am to be kind, generous, and godly when I am around that person (or people).  I may feel like being rude, but my actions must honor Jesus. 

Do you struggle with this too?  Remember, God knows our hearts and our intentions.  When we act upon a feeling we are forgetting the action He has called us to do....Love one another.