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For He Himself knew what was in human nature (John 2:25)

Our expectations of others often set us up for disappointment. “Are you saying I shouldn’t expect anything of them?” No, you should expect the best and encourage it, but never forget that they are just people. So while expecting the best, be prepared to accept the opposite. When Jesus’ disciples disappointed Him, it didn’t devastate Him. Listen “He….. (needed no evidence from anyone about men), for He Himself knew what was in human nature” (John 2:25). Jesus expected His disciples to do their best, but He knew that even their best would still be imperfect. And you need to understand that about your loved ones too, and treat them accordingly. My late father Ernest Orji used to tell us, “Always strive to do your best and hope that your best will be good enough.

The perfect marriage, the perfect friend, the perfect job, the perfect neighborhood, the perfect church doesn’t exist! God knew that, so He gave us instructions on how to handle people who disappoint us. The Bible says: Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe……the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2). “What is the law of Christ?” you ask. Jesus answers: “I give you a new commandment…….Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another” (John 13:34). We must love His way- without condition and without pressure. Admittedly, it’s easier to talk about how to treat the irritating people in our lives than it is to do it. But God never commands you to do what He won’t you the grace to catty out. And the great thing is, in the process of carrying it out, you’ll become more like Jesus!

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