I know, I know…in advance I'll confess I'm on shaky ground here, but what if—just humor me—I don't like someone? In fact, what if I have good cause to even HATE them? For whatever reasons, what if I really, truly, honestly from the heart don't love someone? Should I still just say, "I love you" and PRETEND I love them? For the sake of unity, everyone's feelings, and the fact that it's probably true that it's all an issue on MY part more than anyone else's, should I profess love? That's what Jesus would do, right?
Lord, help me to work out my issues with those I dislike, even hate. Provide me with the means and opportunity to shed my hypocrisy and do what it takes to establish true and honest love.†††