Renowned Bible teacher and #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer teaches readers to love the people in their life who are hard to love.
We’re never going to be able to prevent people from saying or doing things that hurt our feelings. We will always have opportunities to get offended. But if we do things God’s way, we can choose to save ourselves a lot of misery and hardship. This doesn’t mean we allow people to abuse us. No, there is a time for confronting people and dealing with situations. However, the Bible commands us to love our enemies and forgive those who have wronged us, even when it feels impossible.
Everything the Lord asks us to do in the Bible is ultimately for our good. In fact, when we choose to love our enemies and forgive those who have hurt us, we are actually helping ourselves more than anyone else. Because whatever the Lord commands us to do, He is going to give us the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish it—and that includes loving and being good to difficult people! God’s love flowing through us is strong enough to melt even the hardest hearts, so use kindness as a weapon to overcome the meanness in people.
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A Note from Joyce
What does it mean to “put on” love? It means to love on purpose. This sounds so simple if we would just do it—love people, live in peace, and be thankful. But we run into the problem that some people are hard to love, and too often we don’t want to do what is hard, so we follow our emotions (feelings) and let the devil have his way. Then we complain about the conditions in the world and think someone should do something. But we rarely think we should be that someone.
If you are looking for an easy way to love people who are hard to love, I must tell you from the beginning that I don’t know of one. But I can tell you that when we do something difficult because we love Jesus and want to obey Him, we not only please God but we grow spiritually, becoming more and more like Jesus.
I do believe the world’s problems can be solved, but it will require each of us doing our part. It will necessitate our becoming peacemakers and being willing to make loving others a priority in our lives. This begins at home and spreads from there. I ask you here, in the introduction to this book, to apply its message to yourself, not merely to others. Be willing to see your own faults, not simply those of other people.
Joyce Meyer is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the world's leading Bible teachers. She teaches practically and candidly and has helped millions of people apply biblical principles to their lives. Joyce holds conferences across the United States and around the world, and her Enjoying Everyday Life program is broadcast to millions online and on TV and radio. She is the author of more than 135 books.
Marcin Piwowarski has created art for more than a thousand books during his twenty-year career. A self-taught illustrator, he turns to nature, music, and daily life to bring a magical ambiance to the everyday realism in his art. A single father of three, Marcin lives in Poland, where he prefers a steaming cup of tea over coffee.