Help us on the one hand to be realistic about the ways that people—ourselves and others—are. Deliver us from naiveté that leads us to ignore the very real issues that people can have that can lead them to inflict very real pain
Help us on the other hand not to be cynical about the ways that people—ourselves and others—are. Deliver us from contempt that leads us always to assume the worst about people.
Remind us that people can be bad and that people can be good, that they can have sincere motives or insincere motives, and that they can have integrity or lack integrity—and that people are most often a mixture of all of those realities at the same time.
Help us all in Christ to be growing into the kind of whole and sound people that you mean for us to be.
And help us to grow in our view of one another; cause us to be realistic in our evaluations of each other and positive in our hopes for each other.