Sometimes I am more compassionate,
loving and kind to a stranger than I am to those in my family or my closest friends. I wonder why it is easier to honor and respect someone I hardly know than it is to show the same, honor and respect for my husband, family members or close friends?
The ones that our closest to us, we get to know intimately—the
good, the bad and the ugly. We see all their faults and shortcomings and sometimes they can 'get under our skin.' They in turn see all our faults and shortcomings and sometimes we get 'under their skin' as well. What are we to do?
How do we turn contempt for each other into being content with each other? For me and for
all of us we don't have to look far for the answer. Turn your eyes toward Jesus and see how He loves each of us with our faults and shortcomings. Jesus meets us where we are at and loves us unconditionally warts and all.
Today I will put into practice loving those close to me with an encouraging word or an act
of kindness instead of only seeing the things that bug me about them. If by God's grace I can look beyond all the yuck and see the positive qualities, then I am loving as Jesus loves.
It requires a daily effort to honor and respect those close to us with a smile, a hug or a compliment. As we honor those who at times,
'get under our skin', we find that our contempt for them turns into a loving contentment.
me to treat the ones closest to me the way I want to be treated. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12