Jay's eDevotionals  

Nov 19

Dealing with Difficult People

I heard about an evangelist who preached a fiery sermon on social sins. When the message was completed, one irate lady came storming up to the preacher and scolded, "Mister, if you were my husband, I would put poison in your coffee!" The preacher shot back, "Lady, if you were my wife, I would drink it!" 
 
Do you have any difficult people who fly into your life and give you fits? That irritating person may work with you, serve as your instructor or live under the same roof with you. Dealing with difficult people is par for our daily course.  As the poet observed, "In Heaven above with those we love that will be glory. On earth below with those we know, well that's another story!"
 
I genuinely strive to follow Jesus instruction to love all people but I must admit that some folks are very hard to like so I tend to love them from a distance. The famous pastor W.A. Criswell put it well, "You do not have to be a cannibal to be fed up with people!"
 
God's design for you is simple. In this world of turbulence, the Lord wants you to be at peace with Him and His children. Romans 12:18-19 provides some helpful and practical instruction, "As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge my friends, but leave room for God's wrath." In this world of troublemakers, seek to be God's peacemaker.  Where you find barriers, learn to build bridges with the simple tools of a listening ear, a ready smile, a loving heart, a forgiving spirit and a helping hand. You will reap a harvest of healthy relationships if you master the art of serving as God's agent of reconciliation in this world of tribulation.

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