This whole love thy neighbor thing…. I’m struggling

Mathew 22:37-39 says, Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is a person who I interact with often that gets on my last nerve. Just the sound of their voice drives me up a wall. When they speak, I wonder how I am the only one bothered by them. Then, I realized (with the help of a friend) that it is not them, it is me.

Throughout my life, I can recall numerous situations that I have felt this way about somebody. The question is WHY? Why do these peoples’ demeanors, dispositions and personalities bother me so much?

The good thing is: I am now aware that God is trying to teach me something!

The bad thing is: ….Oh it feels like such a long road to deliverance!

We are forever changing, hopefully for the better, but never the less we are.  In my life, God brings to my attention attributes about me that are not pleasing to Him.  After I become aware, I make an effort to change. So, with that being said, I am determined to conquer this, learn the lesson God is trying to teach me, and to please Him. How can I say I love the Lord and have such strong dislikes for people (my neighbors)?

Nearly a week has gone by since this was brought to my attention and with prayer and a ready-to-change heart, I can see a difference.  If God brings you to it, He will surely bring you through it!

Good scriptures to highlight:
Deuteronomy 6:5: Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Hebrews 10:22: let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Romans 12:1: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Originally posted: 9/22/2011

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