Making Allowances

I got a chuckle out of a bumper sticker I saw the other day – “I’m tired of stupid people.” Truth is, I laughed a little too hard as I drove along.

Once again, I am reminded of the need to allow God’s word to shape me, especially passages like Colossians 3:13 –

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” NIV

“You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” NLT

Real People

Jesus said love your enemies. We all know that’s easier said than done, right?

How in the world do you even begin the process of loving your enemies? The following quote offers a pretty good starting point.

“It is hard to make your adversaries real people unless you recognize yourself in them—in which case, if you don’t watch out, they cease to be adversaries.”
From: The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

May God help me love people. All people. Even my enemies.