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If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. –Matthew 5:46 NLT

March 21, 2024

Bringing Out the Worst

If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. –Matthew 5:46 NLT

Would you expect someone bound to a wheelchair to jump up and run to hug you? Of course not, because you know they’re not capable of doing that in their current state. Yet, we constantly struggle with being discouraged because someone doesn’t respond to us in the way we want them to. Perhaps they’ve been so hurt, so damaged, and so offended in the past that they aren’t capable of showing anyone else love right now. In fact, it may feel like we’re trying to hug a porcupine every time we approach them. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I even bother to be nice to them?” Have you ever felt as if they bring out the worst in you? Maybe they do, and maybe that’s exactly why they’re in your life. It’s easy to love someone who’s lovable, but where’s the challenge in that? By bringing out the worst in us, we get to see parts of ourselves we keep hidden. When we bring the worst out in the open, we can finally face it, repent, and do something about changing our behavior. If we seek love from others, we’ll be disappointed at some point; but when we seek love from God, we will always receive it. He loves the unlovable; and in Him, so can we.

prayer focuses

Thank God for loving you regardless of your attitude or behavior. Ask Him to help you show that same love to others.

Ask for God to give you insight into another person’s broken soul that you might help them heal.

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.