Recently I’ve been encountering personalities that are difficult and I have to say its rather frustrating. My first instinct is to flee and get as far away from anyone who “threatens” my sense of security or sense of personal peace. However, how do you grow if you only want to deal with people who are easy to get along with?
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?”
As the bible tells us anyone can love those who love them but there is a real beauty in being able to appreciate people who may be a little more challenging to deal with. Especially because we are all fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)…This also reminds me of 1 Corinthians 12: 15-25:
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
From that, I am reminded that God made us all different because we have different purposes in the kingdom, so while we may not always see eye to eye today I choose to remember that God made us all in his image and knit us perfectly in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; Jeremiah 1:5) to fulfil a purpose that is unique to each individual. So my goal for today is to pray for the strength to love people for who they are and challenge myself to pray for guidance to speak the truth in love and hold my tongue when needed.