Sometimes we are too worried about other people.
We see their wrongs and it frustrates us. We talk about what they do. We repeat it over and over again and get ourselves all worked up.
Does this help us? No.
Honestly, talking about the shortcomings of others does us no good. If anything it can be an obstacle for us in doing right.
As followers of Christ, it doesn’t matter what they do. We still have to love. It doesn’t matter what they’ve said about us, how they’ve treated us, or what they are harboring in their hearts toward us. It doesn’t matter. We must still love them.
Instead of dwelling on their wrongs, let’s forget about their shortcomings and dwell on the love and grace that Christ has shown us. That will help us to love them, in spite of anything, which is what we are called to do anyway.
Forget what they’ve done wrong, and remember what Christ did for you.
It changes everything.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;” – Philippians 1:9-10
It is a blessing to be able to discern a spirit, but it can be a hindrance if you are not able to love through what you see. Honestly, if you can’t love through what you see it may be better to not even be able to see so that you may love.
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.” – I Corinthians 13:2
Through it all, we are called to love.
Don’t allow the ugliness of others cause you to fall short. Recognize where people are and love them right there. Live and move wisely, but always love.
By your love will they know that you belong to Christ.