Maybe it’s not Christian to not like someone. But to be honest, there are people I just don’t like. It doesn’t happen often. And it’s not enough to keep me from doing what I want to do and being who I am trying to be. I can usually overcome my negative feelings, but sometimes there are people that I just don’t like.
And I am grateful for these people. On reflection, I find that if I am open to it, I can learn a lot from people I don’t like. Why don’t I like someone? Figuring that out can tell me something about myself and my values and concerns. Why is this person annoying to me? What is it about their behavior? Exploring these questions helps me discover more about who I am and what makes me tick.
Then there is the idea that what we don’t like in someone else is usually something that we don’t like in ourselves. So, when I don’t like someone, and I can figure out why, I may learn more about my myself and what I don’t like about myself.
Oh yes and something else about people I don’t like. They help me to grow as a Christian. Even if I don’t like someone, I still want treat them with dignity and kindness because that is who I want to be. Dealing with someone I don’t like helps me to work on treating all people as precious children of God. It’s a lot easier to do that when you like someone. With someone we don’t like, it stretches us and helps us grow.
So, today I give thanks for people I don’t like.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16