Have you found it to be true that the ones that are the hardest to love are usually the ones who need it the most?
Here are 3 ways I’m learning to love the difficult ones:
1. Pray for them.
When you pray for someone, God often changes your heart about them. Maybe you’ll never see eye to eye with them, that’s ok. The most important thing is that you begin to see them through the eyes of Christ. Ask God to help you see them the way that he sees them. While you’re at it, ask him to protect and bless them and to show you ways to reach out to them.
2. Thank them.
I’ve learned that saying, “Please” and “Thank you” is an easy and powerful way to show someone else respect. In fact, it can help build your respect. We’ve forgotten those powerful words, yet they can really dismantle a hard-to-reach person.
3. Refuse to gossip about them.
Gossip is a sure way to kill any relationship. Most people do not out-right gossip; instead they cloak it in “prayer requests” or other seemingly innocent ways. A great question to ask yourself is, “Would I say this if they were standing right here? Is this going to be helpful or hurtful?”
What would you add to the list? What has worked for you?