There are lots of reasons why we decide that we don’t like someone. Perhaps they have a personality type that we don’t enjoy, or maybe it’s the way they look or act. One thing’s for certain—the way we choose to think about a person not only affects their life, but it also affects our own personal joy and happiness.
In John 13:34, Jesus instructs us to “love one another”…and this includes the people we don’t necessarily like! First Corinthians 13:4-7 says, Love endures long and is patient and kind…Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person…
It is very important to see people the way God sees them
First Samuel 16:7 says: For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. If we are willing, we can learn to think about people the way God thinks about them. We’ll recognize each person as a valuable possibility instead of a potential problem.
Walking in love begins in our mind. Our thoughts, good or bad, have a tremendous impact on those around us. They show on our face, in our body language, and in our behavior toward people. Thoughts also prepare us for action. Where the mind goes, the man follows! It is impossible for me to think evil thoughts about someone when I am not with them and then be kind and friendly when I see them. I might fake it, but any smart person would realize something wasn’t right.
We’re never going to like everyone we encounter, but we are called to love others to the best of our ability. And the truth is, the person who you avoid all the time at work could be hurting and in need of your friendship or a listening ear.
I encourage you to focus on the positive. Go out of your way to believe the best and focus on the good things about people. When you do, you are loving them like Christ…and filling your own life with His peace and joy.
We do not need to strive for power or hope to have power someday; we have power now! The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us (see Rom. 8:11) and we can be quickened (filled with life) by that power. This is not a onetime filling that slowly drains out of us as the days go by, but we can be filled day by day and even moment by moment. We can constantly and continually experience God’s presence and power in our lives. When we belong to Him, there is never a time when His power is not accessible to us.