It’s easy to love some neighbors. They have similar interests to our, and we connect well with them. When we bought our first home, the couple we bought it from had that relationship with their neighbors. Every night, they would visit each other for what they called “happy hour”. They would take turns waking through the woods to each others’ house, pour a gin and tonic, and visit for an hour or so. They invested time in each other’s families and were there when each needed.
What happens, though, when we have neighbors that we don’t connect with? Or worse, don’t get along with? You know the one. The one that cuts his lawn at 7 am on your only day to sleep in. The one who seems almost antagonist toward you, and has threatened, or even sued you. The one whose children are disrespectful and make fun of your children. The one who bullies you. How do you love them?
Jesus said to Love our Enemies. Sounds easy on paper. But really? does He really expect us to love the person who is trying their best to create problems for us.
I have found that when I begin to pray about something, it begins to change my heart. Even if my prayer is to change the other thing; the thing I’m praying about, I find that God uses that prayer to change me. I’d encourage you to begin praying FOR the person causing consternation in your life. In our humanness we often find this difficult, but it is freeing.
Praying for those who wish us harm is difficult. I will challenge you if you will challenge me to love those who are hard to love, that God would be glorified.
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