Keller: Are we commanded to like everybody?

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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The longer we live, the more people we meet. I’ve heard people say that they like everyone. I don’t believe them. If they said that they love everyone, I can handle that because Jesus commanded us (in John 13:34) to love each other.

Before I became a Christian, I didn’t like everyone, and since I’ve become a Christian, I still don’t. There are some people in life we get along with well and others we don’t.  What if a person is unloving, hateful, and insensitive? The Bible says we should do all we can to live in peace with everyone, love them, but we are not commanded to like them. Are we commanded to love them? Without a doubt. If love means wanting the best for someone, we should desire that everyone we meet know and love God and accept Jesus, His Son, as their Savior.

There are some people who just don’t belong in our lives, and God will tell us loud and clear when a relationship is not good for us. 1 Corinthians 15:33 reads, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’” We should then separate ourselves from those people. Do we stop loving them? Definitely not. Keep praying for them and wanting the best for them. And that is wanting them, when this earthly life is over, to spend eternity in Heaven with a loving and forgiving God.

Getting back to the liking and loving subject. Believe me, some Christians who I’ve known for a long time are easy to love, but a few are hard to like.

If you have any questions or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084, or call (985) 652-8477.