“…whatever is commendable… think about these things.” (ESV)
This week I’m suggesting practical things we can do to love one another.
We’ve talked about the importance of taking your own sin seriously, about listening before talking, and about using words that encourage. (To review those posts just scroll down and navigate left.)
Here’s today’s suggestion: Celebrate the good in someone’s life.
Truth is, it’s hard to relate to everyone we meet or know. Sometimes they’ve made choices that you disagree with. Or maybe you’ve made choices they disagree with!
Maybe they love the President or Prime Minister and you can’t stand them! Either way, we’re called by Jesus to love the people around us even when it’s hard to find common ground.
So here’s one way to love that person that you find it hard to relate to: Celebrate the good in their life.
Here’s what I mean. Look for what they’re doing that’s good. Maybe you have personalities or families that just don’t jive, but you see how they volunteer for the breakfast program at the school and so you can celebrate that: “Hey, I see you’re helping out in the mornings at school, I think that’s so great.”
Or maybe their family makes a point of turning off their phones and always finds a way to spend some quality time together, even when life gets hectic. “I noticed that you guys are always making time to be together, that’s amazing.”
Does this mean that you’re giving them a blanket endorsement about everything in their life? Of course not. But it does mean that you’re trying to lead with love and find common ground. You might even start to build a relationship.
You may not always agree with them—and they may not always agree with you—but this week…
Acknowledge and celebrate the good in someone’s life.
By Matthew Ruttan
- My latest blog is “The lesson my kids have to keep teaching me.” (It’s a lesson I love to re-learn!) You can read it here. Enjoy!