I came across this quote in my daily devotional. John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was an English author, philosopher and art critic. His thoughts about eliminating our sins is spot on.
“You will find it less easy to uproot faults, than to choke them out by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults; still less of others’ faults. In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong: honor that; rejoice in it; and as you can, try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.”
I agree that everyone, even those we dislike, has something to teach us, something we can strive to emulate. When we focus on that we can be grateful even for our enemies and begin to love all others as children of God.
For another quote by John Ruskin see:
For more about loving our enemies see: