The person who most upsets you and your life may be dealing with an inner pain that you cannot even imagine.  So much of what folks do is trying to cope with or react to a deep hurt.  Our sufferings do not always take the same form, but we all have them in one form or another.  Lord, help me to be kind to others in how I live out my pain and how I seek to embrace them in spite of their pain.  Amen!

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13 (NRSV)