My dad sends me these little e-mails all the time reminding me to pray and such. There is one he sent me this morning about “Learning to Love Difficult People”. This is what the message said:
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18 NIV)
One of the most important skills we can develop as we walk with Christ is to love difficult people.
Here are four methods Jesus modeled when he encountered difficult people:
- Realize you can’t please everybody. Even God can’t do that! Refuse to play games (Matthew 22:18).
- Learn to say no to unrealistic expectations. Confront them by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15 NIV).
- NEVER retaliate (Matthew 5:38-39). It only lowers you to their level.
- Pray for them (Matthew 5:44). It will help both of you. Let God speak to them.
I highly respect my dad and I would do anything to gain his respect and that’s because he deserves it. He hasn’t wronged me in any way. The e-mail though, is about me and my mom getting along. I’ll do my best to follow it, but no promises.