Some days we all feel like erasing someone—some person who seems more trouble than he’s worth, some fellow worker who annoys you beyond reason, perhaps even a church leader that appears to you not capable of leading you in the way that you want. And on days like that, it would be nice if we could just erase (wipe) away those troubles and annoyances.
But magical erasers don’t exist.
So, what do you do? Here’s some wisdom from Luke: “Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners’ lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6: 31-35).
Now the people who annoy you aren’t enemies, so how much more do these words apply? Think of some ways to, this day, love (and forgive, if necessary) some of the people who you consider to be unlovable.