We all have it. We have the thing or things we struggle with the most. I have a list. It’s not a horribly long list, thank God! And my list has changed over the years, but one thing on that list that has not changed. This struggle stayed the same throughout the years. It is dealing with mean people.
I don’t get mean people. I don’t understand why they decide to treat others like they are less than them. I don’t understand how people can be rude to other people. It is disgusting to me! That makes the hair on my neck stand up. I struggle with loving them. I know we are supposed to love them. I’m not talking about some kind of lovey dovey huggy love. I’m talking about a sincere love for our fellow man. Jesus said we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. He didn’t exclude the ones that are hard to love. He didn’t say, “Well, if your neighbor is cranky, you don’t have to,” or “If someone is mean to you, you can skip loving them.” He says love others. No description of those others. We are to love no matter what.
I want to throw a tantrum like a two year old in the middle of the cereal isle at Walmart. You know you’ve seen that or experienced it! I want to scream, “Nooooooo, whhhyyyyy, I don’t want toooo!!!!” I want to stomp my foot and clench my fists sometimes and throw love out the window when it comes to mean people.
But I must remember, those people have a struggle. They have a spirit of meanness (or rudeness, or whatever you want to call it) that has become a struggle for them. They perhaps sin a different way than I do by giving into that struggle, but I’m still a sinner just like them! I struggle to love mean people and that is OBVIOUSLY a sin! It’s a vicious circle! We must strive to overcome our struggles. We must reflect and look at ourselves, analyze our offering to this world with God’s blessing and grace AND try our very best to overcome the struggles we have that hold us back from the blessings God has for us. Don’t dwell on those mean people. Pray for them. (YES IT IS HARD!) Don’t focus on what they need to overcome, but focus on what YOU need to overcome. If you are able to focus on that, maybe it will cause a ripple effect! Just saying.
There are always going to be mean people. And loving them is going to be a struggle. But we can make this world a better place by striving to overcome that struggle.
Love mean people. ((UGH!))