Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love others...all of them

"This I command you: love one another."
John 15:17
We've heard this so many times and try to incorporate it into our lives, but what if there are just people that drive us crazy and that is that.  How are we to love them?  I was thinking about this as I read this Gospel.  Jesus didn't just suggest that we love others...he commands it, so it really is worth praying about.  It may be helpful to try to recognize and appreciate all that is good in another person.  They may bug you in certain circumstances, but they must have gifts that shine forth in other circumstances.  A coworker may be difficult in the workplace, but can you appreciate that he or she may be a wonderful, loving parent? Can we look closely and try to see things from another's point of view? Can we look at a situation through the eyes of another and try to be understanding?  Loving one another may require us to dig a little deeper and put ourselves aside for a bit.  If we can think of each other as a beloved child of God and realize that we have faults and failings, too, it may be easier to love others. And, as difficult as that may be to love everyone, we have a God who helps us do it. 

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