Just a Thought
Who are the problem people in your life? What family member irks you? Which of your neighbours is the most difficult? What co-worker bothers you? We aren’t called to like everyone. But we are called to love everyone. That is, to offer God’s grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness. We aren’t called to be a mouse. But we are called to be meek. That is, to be confident that God will defend us even as we exercise humility. We don’t have to let people walk all over us like a doormat. But we are called to be peacemakers, to be gentle, and to be filled with God’s Spirit. When we seek God’s best for others (and us) in every relationship, our problems begin to fade in importance.James 3:17-18
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.