Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward or disregard?
FRIDAY — 01.22.21 · 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Today’s question covers a lot of ground. Taking into account the people we fear, those we feel disdain or indifference towards, and the people we resent can add up to a few people, or for some of us, many. We cannot fully live the Christian life, as Jesus meant us to, until we are at peace not only with God and our self, but also with others.
⇒ Have you created or kept separation between yourself and another person because you simply don’t like them? If so, ask yourself what is driving this dislike. More broadly, would you say you are at peace with God, self and others? Why or why not?
⇒ Read Romans 12:9-17 (aloud if possible). Reflect on how living out those Scriptural principles can produce a positive response to today’s question. As first steps, sometime in the next week, if the occasion presents itself, speak with a person who “rubs you the wrong way.” Find a moment today to say something kind to someone you dislike or have intentionally steered clear of.
Prayer: Lord, change me. Replace comparison with compassion in my heart and mind, and make me more like Christ is—loving to all. Amen.