Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives…love your neighbor as yourself.
If you have any relatives you find it hard to love, there’s a way to turn that around and love them anyway.
To love another does not mean we approve of everything they do. It means that we’re able to see beyond their mortal shortcomings to the child of God that is spiritual and lovable.
God’s child is not a sinful family member walking around on two legs causing trouble for other family members. God’s child is a sinless spiritual idea in the Mind of God that is filled with good qualities worthy of praise and honor.
In the human experience, we may face a mortal walking around on two legs “causing trouble,” but their trouble does not need to become our suffering. We suffer if we allow their trouble to become our anger and resentment, which is unnecessary.
We can master the relationship by seeing past the lie that God’s child is a source of trouble, to the child of God that reflects the Mind of Christ—a man or woman who is guided by divine Love, and not by selfish want. We can nurse love in our heart for the truth about God’s child and then anoint our family member with that same love.
The enlightened spiritual view helps them see something better to strive for, and it keeps our thought in a good place while they are making their demonstration.
Love your relatives, no matter who they are. The whole family will benefit.