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I Don't Like Everybody

I know the word says we have to 'love' everyone. I don't know of anyone that I would like to see go to hell, but I must admit, there are some people that I just don't like. I don't think anybody would be truly honest if they say they DID like everybody they ever met, what do you think?

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 ---Molly on 1/24/06
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Love isn't an emotion, it's a choice, and it's shown by our actions. We must remember to treat others the way Jesus would. This may include forgiving, providing for a need, praying, or by refraining from gossip or angry words.

Christian love is powerful. It can break down barriers, heal hurts, encourage, and lead others to the God who is love. Christians should ask themselves "what is a loving reponse?" It won't be the easiest response, but it's the response that gives life.
---Jane on 5/5/07

you are not alone molly many in this family don't like each other but we love each other like GOD loves us..example: you love your family. why? because they are your family but you don't have to like them.
remember LOVE and LIKE are two diffrent actions. check the words out in the dictionary cool stuff
GOD bless you molly
---willow on 5/4/07

Good for you Barbara!
---sam on 1/30/06

Yes Cliff, I am a college graduate, and am familier with 'debates.' I just suppose that when it comes to my faith, I am so sure of it that there is no room for questioning. I went through that when I left the RCC and I feel my beliefs are firmly in place.
I will debate, but I won't argue.
---NVBarbara on 1/30/06

Jesus said unless we become as a little child, we cannot enter into heaven. I believe part of this is getting along with others without grudges and resentments. Note when a child takes a toy or candy from another, the wronged child will hurt, cry and hate the offender; but notice that amazingly very soon after they're back together again playing like no offense ever happened. But grownups hold grudges and unforgiveness for years of estrangement. We all need to learn this lesson of love by the children.
---Eloy on 1/29/06

Cliff you must realize that if we/I didn't love you we/I wouldn't deal with you like we/I do.
I haven't seen anyone ask you to leave anywhere.
---Elder on 1/29/06

1st Cliff, I don't think of you as a thorn in the flesh. Even though we seldom agree, I do not hate you, or even dislike you. I do not like what you write sometimes. I pray for you. I am not always right about the meaning of scripture.
---Ulrika on 1/29/06

Thanks NVB.Your words are gentle. If you've ever attended University,or college, much of the learning process is done by "debate" I don't like to think of myself as "argumentative" (it has a bad ring) Good argumentation(debate) has it's merits! I just haven't learned "when" to keep quiet!
---1st_cliff on 1/29/06

You mention me Cliff, yeah you're a pain sometime but I don't dislike you, I don't really know you! I love you with the love of the Lord, even if I don't agree, or like some things that you say. You have a right to your opinions and I may not like THEM, we all have opinions. You may not agree with my beliefs or opinions, no skin off my nose. I just wish that there was not so much arguing on the blogs.
---NVBarbara on 1/29/06

Molly; I know I'm a thorn in your side,as also Ulrika,Elder,Jonn,Leon,Mike,Bruce,NVB etc.. etc.. ad infinitum! I know it's "mission impossable" for you to think I have your best interest at heart,but the seperation is just too wide! So a simple nod from you and I'll dissappear! OK?
---1st_cliff on 1/28/06

Molly, I think that is one reason, why Jesus said that. Another reason could be, it is not good for our mental health to hold grudges. I have learned that the hard way, by experience. This does not mean that, you have to put youself a place, where you may continue to be hurt, especially physically. You can forgive someone and even love them, without going along with their wrong behavior. Ofcourse we can only change ourselves. Even then it is with help of God.We are a work in progress.
---Ulrika on 1/26/06

Wise words, both of you. Thank you. Ulrika, I've never looked at that passage in that way. I always thought it meant to forgive them that much every time they do something to you, but I never thought it could mean just, for lack of a better term, "RE-forgiving" them for the same offense when IT keeps coming back to your mind. That's powerful, thanks a lot!
---Molly on 1/26/06

Loving and liking are two different things.
Remembering and forgiving are two different things also.
Forgiving is when you remember what you consider to be an offense and you do not hold that offense against the person who offended you.
We are not able to forget on command.
Our lack of forgiveness allows the offender to still control us.
Forgiveness is as much for the benefit of the offended as it is for the offender maybe more so.
Loving is a choice that we make also.
---Elder on 1/26/06

Molly, Loving some people does not always come easy, especially if they did wrong. The Lord also told us to forgive 70 times 7. He knew those resentments and anger will keep coming back. On my own I could not get past the hurt and anger. I asked God, to help me to forgive and love. I have also learned to pray for peolpe who bug me in one way, or another. If I want to receive love and forgiveness, I need to give it. If I want others to overlook my many imperfections, I need to overlook theirs.
---Ulrika on 1/25/06

Thanks for all your comments. Sometimes I wonder if I've truly forgiven someone who has wronged me or hurt me int the past because when their name is mentioned, I'll roll my eyes or something (lol)- but I'm sure you've all experienced that, right? You know, I find it a lot easier to get over something and even pray for offenders who have gotten out of my life and I don't see them on a regular basis anymore. So, by that, am I right in assuming that some people are just easier to love from a distance???
---Molly on 1/25/06

Some people are difficult to like. I don't want to be around argumentative cranky people, or ones who insult me or mine. Even family members are hard to like sometimes.
But the difference is love, we should show the love of God to them even if we don't like them. Sometimes we HAVE to allow God to love someone through us, even if we don't like them. Often they can turn into someone we like. Bless you Molly.
---NVBarbara on 1/25/06

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Molly, for me that is real love, not liking them and still wanting the best for them and praying for them. I doubt if Christ liked everyone he met be he loved them and wanted them to find peace in their lives and a relationship with god. Just my humble opinion.
---randy on 1/25/06

Molly I feel the very same way as you. But as a friend counseled me I now counsel you. Let us change the word love to "compassion" I am sure that you have a deep complete compassion for your fellow man. This compassion is God-given or another words it is agape love. End of lesson.

---mima on 1/24/06

There is a difference between loving someone and liking them. There are people that I just don't like. I don't like they're lifesytle, thinking that they are better than me attitude. There isn't a person alive that is truely liked and they don't like everyone. If so just think of how great this world would be if everyone liked everybody. Unfortunelty we don't live in Walgreens (commerical)
---Rebecca_D on 1/24/06

I think sometimes I don't even like me. Then I realize it's some of the things I do. As you stated, we are to LOVE people. It doesn't mean we have to like what they DO. We can love people for the God in them and not like people for the influence Satan has on all of us.
---mikefl on 1/24/06

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