In working out relationship problems, people sometimes report to me that they have a hard time seeing God’s lovable child in a neighbor who is spewing hatred, anger and resentment at them.
And I agree with them. I have a hard time seeing a lovable child in a person spouting anger and hatred at me, too.
But the demand to love one’s neighbor as oneself is still there.
So, how to do it?
Here’s one way:
Rather than looking at the troublemaker and trying to find God’s child, find God’s child and then look at your neighbor.
God didn’t create mortals. God created immortals. It’s impossible to find a heavenly immortal in a flawed mortal. But the neat thing is, when we approach a neighbor with a heavenly concept of man firmly planted in our thought, it brings out the better side of them and us. In most cases, more of God’s child surfaces in our communications with them. A bit more of heaven appears on earth, and relations improve.