How To Love Difficult People

At her husband’s funeral, the widow says to her adult daughter, “Your father and I would have had a wonderful marriage if only he had been someone else.”

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had those thoughts.

Your life would be so much nicer if you had a better spouse, kids, parents, boss, friends, and neighbors.

The old saying is true:

The problem with the world is the people!

All of us live with difficult people.

The trick is how to do that well.

Some difficult people are sincere Christians who love the Lord Jesus and mean to do good.

But they’re lacking in self-awareness, sensitivity toward others, discipline, or some other quality that would make your life easier.

Then there are those whose habits and quirks drive you nuts. Eating with a full mouth. Burping. Not listening. Being too loud.

What does God tell us to do?

To suffer long with them and to be kind.

What you don’t want to do is use the law. To tell them to change. To demand that they change.

Instead, remind yourself of the gospel.

You are a difficult person, too.

And yet God loves you, forgives you, shows his mercy and patience toward you.

That’s reason enough to show the same to others.

And one day, when Jesus returns, all of us will be perfect!

 

 

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5 thoughts on “How To Love Difficult People

    1. Thank you, Joy. I can’t wait. But then I think of all the people who don’t know Him yet, and continue praying like mad.

  1. “Some difficult people are sincere Christians who love the Lord Jesus and mean to do good.

    But they’re lacking in self-awareness, sensitivity toward others, discipline, or some other quality that would make your life easier.”

    That is so, so true. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you for sharing. I think we all can be difficult people to one degree or another. We all need grace for one another at different times of life.

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