You can’t help it, and maybe even feel guilty about it, but there are people in your life that really annoy you. They don’t think like you, look like you, joke like you or act like you. Everything they do makes you grind your teeth and wish someone would hit you with a shovel to put you out of your misery.
Jesus said we’re supposed to love them but we’re just not sure how to do it. We think simply tolerating them should give us medals in heaven. And for those five-minute conversations? We think Jesus should give us a standing ovation.
But he doesn’t.
I think he kind of sighs in disappointment and slowly shakes his head. “You just don’t get it.”
We tend to have an intellectual acknowledgement that Jesus died for these “extra grace required” or EGR individuals. Deep down, I think sometimes we believe Jesus died for all of us normal people and included EGRs as part of a package deal. But it’s not true. (Normal relative to your perspective, of course. You might be the annoying person in someone else’s life!)
The hard part is when you think you’re actually loving them and you realize it’s not really love. It’s pity. They just don’t get it, God bless their hearts. If only they were more _____________, their life would be so much better.
You want to know how to love difficult people? People that just drive you absolutely crazy? I’m going to give you 5 steps. Are you ready? Read the rest of this entry »