Loving Those Who Don’t Like You

Some people don’t (And won’t) like you.  It won’t matter what you do or how hard you try… they will not like you for some reason… possibly they don’t think you like them.  As a result there will be stress and tension when you are around each other.  Here are two thoughts from Scripture about how to deal with such situations.

First, remember what Paul wrote in Romans 12…

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God… 20 If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Second, consider Jesus’ command from Matthew 5:44…

I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.

Now here’s what we as Christians are to consciously apply toward all those who don’t like us… who are enemies…

Love them with brotherly affection…

Show them honor…

Bless them…

Don’t payback what they’ve done to you…

YOU do what it takes to be at peace with them…

NEVER take revenge…

Give them whatever they need…

Overcome evil by doing what is right (Phil 1:27)…

THEN…

PRAY FOR THEM (Don’t prey on them.  Get it?).  Ask God to bless them and their family.  Ask God to reveal Himself to them.  Ask God to give them peace, joy, and contentment.  DON’T ask God to punish or discipline them… that is not praying FOR them.

God honors those who keep His commands.  I can tell you by experience, it is impossible (!) to dislike a person or be mad at them when you treat them as God would have you to AND pray for them.

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