Loving people you just don’t like

Some people put their foot in their mouth… but seem to enjoy the taste. Some people rub you the wrong way… but act like it’s the right way. Some people know how to push your buttons… and you detest that they can have so much negative impact on you!

It’s true: Some people just drive you crazy. They’re people at school or work or church or in your family or at the arena.

But as people of faith, this doesn’t sit well with us. Why? Because Jesus’ words to “love one another” (John 13:34) echo in our ears. So how can we be at our best when some people put us at our worst?

That’s the subject of an entire Sunday series I’m leading right now at Westminster. It’s called “Clench: How to love people you just don’t like.” But today, let me suggest just one thing to un-stick your thinking and propel it toward a more loving place.

When you pray, think of the people you don’t like, and then thank God that Jesus died for them too.

Here’s the thing. Jesus loved you so much that he died for you. But guess what? He died for other people too. And not just the ones who make you feel hunky-dory, but the ones who make you scream, tear out your hair and run for the hills.

So many things start with prayer, including this. Do you want to be at your best even when some people put you at your worst? If so, when you pray, think of the people you don’t like, and then thank God that Jesus died for them too.

I’m guessing that God will use that prayer to un-stick your thinking and propel it toward a more loving place.

Start today.

You may not LIKE everyone, but there are things you can do to start LOVING them.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • As I mentioned in today’s “Up!” I’ve started a new series called “Clench – How to love people you just don’t like.” Part 1 was called “How to love those people” and you can hear it here. Enjoy!

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