Leaders will encounter all sorts of people. Some people will be what we can call "sandpaper people" because they are abrasive or there is something about them that rubs us the wrong way or irritates us. As leaders, we need to break through with the love of Christ even with the unlovable, hard to deal with, kind of people.
Selectivity of those with whom we are willing to extend value and worth leads to a break in unity. God, however, can bring unity out of diversity. He began the church with two groups of people who despised each other and would not have selected each other to associate with albeit become one with each other. (Eph. 2:13-22).
Body life is about loving one another as He loves. Remember Jesus' words in Matthew 5:43-48.
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
The Steering the Church Toward Body Life Leadership Guide includes what you read on this page along with more thoughts about loving as He loves.
You might find these articles helpful:
- All Sorts of People in the Church
- Attitude Toward Those Who Do Us Wrong
- Everybody makes mistakes. -- How about a little grace?