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"Love one another"

He is saying, "I will bring a number of people around you whom you cannot respect, but you must exhibit My love to them, just as I have exhibited it to you." This kind of love is not a patronizing love for the unlovable—it is His love, and it will not be evidenced in us overnight. Some of us may have tried to force it, but we were soon tired and frustrated.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (11 May, "Love One Another")

That's convicting. Lately, I've mostly felt that lack of respect, the frustration and weariness that comes of forcing "love." Every idiosyncracy is like fingernails drug across a chalkboard. I want people to get over themselves because I refuse to get over myself.

In this area and others, hope is hard for me to reach. I believe; help my unbelief.


I find thinking about the fact that I'm doing it for Him and not for them helps enormously.
It's funny how the more self-absorbed I am, the more others' self-absorption gets to me. Getting over myself is a good antidote to much of my grumpiness, and there's no better, truer way to do that than to fix my eyes on Him. Easier said than done, but that's what the Spirit is for.