Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs (Proverbs 10:12).
It’s amazing what a little attitude adjustment can do for you. I can’t say that I walk around seething with hatred, but I do have my share of negative attitude toward people. Because, well, people bug me.
There, I said it.
People bug me, and sometimes they bug you, too. Admit it. Frankly, people can be idiots at times, and it gets to a person.
So, what do you do with that?
You can carry that negative feeling into your interactions with the people who bug you. I guarantee the result will not be blissful, harmonious fellowship. You might score a zinger point or two, but in the long run your relationship will be hurt and God will not be glorified.
You could try entering the interaction zone wrapped in love.
I know you don’t feel like loving them—why should you? They bug. So don’t try bringing your love. You’d be pretending and everyone would be able to tell.
Bring His love.
You know God loves them—for crying out loud, he loves us, and all we deserve is a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. So try seeing them as God sees them, and perhaps loving them as God loves them. It’s gonna take prayer, but you can do that.
You might be surprised at how powerful God’s love is to cover over those things that annoy us about other people. Sometimes that love gives us insight into why they are the way they are. Sometimes that love simply grants us extra grace to deal with the issues.
As I write this, I wonder how many of you will take my advice and apply it toward me today. Because, frankly, I bug sometimes. Hmmm…
Walk in his love today, Beloved.