I've pondered on what I need to do differently in regard to certain people I struggle with in my life, and I discovered (or I should say rediscovered) a verse that gives direct instruction on what the Lord would have me do.
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
I had read and heard these words countless times before, but they struck me in a new way when I found them again. I needed direct instruction in this weighty matter, and I received it. The commands are strong and undeniable. It is not just a suggestion to love and bless and do good to those who do not love us in return.
The challenge to become more Christlike has become more difficult as I take this verse to heart and work to implement it in my life. Over the past month, I have been working toward changing my approach to and perception of certain individuals, and I believe that progress can be made and this will make a difference.
I invite all to join me in this endeavor to follow this specific teaching of Christ. May He bless our honest efforts and help us see the blessings that will come from them.