We all know people or encounter people who just aren’t nice. We all have our days, but no one wants to be around someone who is negative, mean or overly critical most if not all of the time.
But think about this…
Why are they like that?
Have you ever considered the story behind their bad attitude? God doesn’t want us to just throw them away. He loves them too. He wants them to made whole. He wants them to stop sowing bad seeds.
Here’s where real love comes in. Not just for those close to you, but for those who hate you. Those who can’t stand you. Those who have hurt you.
Were they hurt? Were they betrayed? Were they taught or conditioned to be negative, hateful or overly critical?
You won’t always know it. They won’t always tell you. But, there’s always a story behind their bad attitude.
You don’t have to know their story. You don’t have to understand them.
We were all made in God’s image. He gave us all a measure of faith. He has given us all the ability to love like Him. It’s up to us to bring that out of one another. But, too many times encountering in negative people brings out negativity in us.
God expects us to meet bad attitudes and negativity with the positivity of His love. It’s not always easy, but it’s what He expects of us.
1 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.