When we love others, we are also loving Christ. We are all made in his likeness. And there will always be people in our lives that test our patience or offend us, some on a regular basis. There really is only one way to deal with people who hurt and offend us…
I love the scripture that tells us: When a man’s ways are pleasing to God, he causes even his enemies to be at peace with him. This scripture has proven true for me more than once. The best thing that you can do when you find yourself hurt or angered by someone is to pray for them. Sometimes it is not easy to ask God to bless someone who has offended you, but it is the healthiest thing that you can do. In the past I have wanted to pray that God would change someone else’s attitude or show them how they were wrong instead of praying for blessings in their life. But God taught me that is not how he wants us to pray. God can literally turn an enemy into a friend when we unselfishly pray for others; he has done that for me.
Instead of praying for someone else’s attitude, praying for blessings and peace in their life will give you a sense of peace in your own life. And sometimes it helps us to see that our own attitude needs to change. It also honors God and fulfills the golden rule of “Do Unto Others”.
So if there is someone in your life who has wronged you, just ask God to bless them in every way and to surround them with his peace and joy. Your own life will be blessed in more ways than you could imagine. This is one of the greatest acts of love.