Sunday, March 04, 2012
Love Your Frenemies
The radio show DNTO did a piece on "frenemies" recently. It was fairly wide ranging, looking at the friends who offend and irritate but somehow remain friends, as well as those we might consider enemies with whom we are able to find common ground.
It got me thinking about the notion of frenemies. Jesus asked what good it is to love those who love you --after all, who wouldn't? He tells his listeners to love their enemies, and let them bring out the best of us rather than the worst.
This is a tough one. Lots of people talk to me about the problems they have with family members, both those who are "born family" and those they take on as family through marriage. Often they admit that they hate someone they once loved particularly after a tough divorce or custody battle. Family member can often be the Lucy to our Charlie Brown, pulling away the football of trust, over and over again.
Do you have frenemies? Are you winning or losing in the challenge of loving them? Can it be loving to walk away? What was Jesus thinking?