5 Prayers for Friends and Family Who Are Hard to Love
Sometimes friends and members of our families can be hard to love, or even to like. As Christians, we know that the Bible teaches us to exhibit love for a broad range of people — our neighbors (Matthew 22:39), other believers (John 13:34), and even our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Our friends and family are included within those categories. But often, those closest to us are the hardest to love.
Difficult situations, differences in opinion, personality clashes and contrasts in the way we communicate are just some of the things that can lead to conflicting emotions within ourselves. We know we should be kind, patient, respectful, non-judgmental, forgiving and more — all of which are an expression of love. Instead, we find ourselves frustrated, annoyed and angry, resentful, critical, unforgiving.
So, how do we love those of our friends and family who are hard to love? We can begin with prayer: https://www.crosswalk.com/family/singles/5-prayers-for-friends-and-family-who-are-hard-to-love.html