A Christian Virtue
"Let brotherly love continue." (Hebrews 13:1)
I am being very frank about this and I hope I am being helpful: Do not ever say you are not right with God because you like some people better than others!
I believe you can be right with God and still not like the way some people behave. It is easy to love those who are friendly; others rub us the wrong way or perhaps they cut us down.
The writer to the Hebrews has appealed to us as Christian believers to “let brotherly love continue” -- in other words, “never stop loving one another in the Lord.”
Here is what I have found: It is possible to love people in the Lord even though you may not like their boorish or distasteful human traits. We still love them for Jesus’ sake!
Yes, I believe you can be right with God and still not like the way some people behave. Our admonition is to love them in a larger and more comprehensive way because we are all one in Christ Jesus. This kind of love is indeed a Christian virtue!
Father, help me to love people for Jesus’ sake even when they do or say things that annoy or hurt me.