Let’s be honest; some people are hard to love. Unfortunately, from the stories I hear, it is often a spouse.
Your difficult person may not be a spouse; he could be an extended family member or even someone in your church who just “rubs you the wrong way.”
A Model to Follow
As we live our lives, the realities of our fallen world are realized in our difficult relationships. Scripture is realistic about this. In particular, as Paul writes, he applies biblical teaching to this very subject. In Ephesians 5, he writes, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (vs. 1-2). Who are the “us” that Christ loved? Certainly not very loveable people (see 4:17-19)!
In these verses, our...