“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 26: 36-40)
Did Jesus also mean the unlovable people, the people who irritates us, the ones who are critical, judgmental, or just unkind? He couldn’t possibly expect us to love those people as well, did he? God is love and Jesus entire ministry was based on loving others and because we are followers of Jesus Christ we are instructed to do the same. Love is an action and a decision.
By no means am I saying this is easy, well at least it’s not always easy for me, not sure about everyone else who is reading this. With my personality it comes natural to want to encourage and show appreciation to people. I love to thank people for a job well done, but it’s not so natural when the person is difficult and unpleasant. Often the phrase, kill them with kindness, is used when dealing with challenging people and I agree. I agree, because I have tried this method and it works.
Kindness is loving people more than they deserve. – Joseph Joubert
Seriously, you never know what people are going through or what they have dealt with over the years. I strongly believe that most people have had some difficulties, challenges or setbacks in their life. The best way to break through the callousness that has formed in folks is kindness, love, a simple smile, compassion, etc. What good does it do to exchange evil for evil or to give someone a piece of your mind. Most people already know that their actions or behavior was offensive, let’s go up to a higher level and act like a real follower of Jesus Christ and show love. Who knows, you might have crossed that persons path for a reason. You might be the only person that day who can actually shine a little light in this person’s life and instead you act no different than them. But, wait you are different, right?