My first thought was that lots of people may think unkind things about me. They may think I’m gullible, religious, untidy, a slob, fat, too critical, not critical enough, etc, etc.
And to dwell on the bad things others may think about me interferes with how I am to relate to them. Dwelling on others unkindness to me blocks the way I am supposed to interact with them and also with the way I bring them before the throne of God. So, it’s better not to know, or if knowing, to bring that before the throne, and to ask God how to love them better.
But then I thought, what about people who think really nice things about me? Is that none of my business too?
It seems easier to love those who openly favor me, those who outwardly encourage me and present their love of me openly. But will that make me bigger in my own eyes?
I once idolized a woman. I put her up on that pedestal and wanted to be just like her, and thought I never could. And, when in my eyes, she fell, the falling was great! I turned my back on her. In doing so, that dark and mirky upside down umbrella grew very large, preventing me from hearing God’s voice, feeling His presence.
Once I forgave her and repented before God I learned to love her more and more! It’s easier to love flesh and blood than to love a marble icon, isn’t it, Jesus?
I think the goal of living everyday in a society, it doesn’t matter where, or who it’s made up of, is to keep my eyes focused on God and how much He loves me! That’s the love that counts the most and will never lead to sin.
Because the Lord loves me singularly, delightfully, overwhelmingly, it never matters what others think of me. I will love them, not because they love me or hate me, but because God loves me and demonstrates to me how to love them.