Loving Difficult People

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Loving Difficult People

Good morning Beautiful! We’ve all been in that situation where we are loving difficult people.  People who – if you had the choice – you probably wouldn’t even be friends with them.  But – they’re family.  They’re your mom, husband, son, daughter, cousin, sister, brother-in-law – someone who you can’t really say you’ll never have to deal with them again. Difficult people get on your nerves, wear you out, and cause you to react in everything but a peaceful way…if you let them.  That’s right – you do have a choice.  If you’re not prepared to make that choice, you absolutely will continue to be aggravated by these people, instead of loving to them.  But if you go into each day knowing that you will probably be challenged in an area with a particular person, you can use wisdom and keep your peace.

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Turn the situation around today by:

  1.  Getting Perspective:  Ask God to help you see them the way He does.  Yes Beautiful, this challenging individual is God’s child too!  He loves them as much as He loves you and wants the best for them.  Pray (sincerely!) and ask God to show you why they act they way they do and how you should react to them.
  2. Set Boundaries:  Determine that they are not going to let you lose your peace…but that doesn’t mean you can’t or don’t ever say “NO”.  In fact, once you understand why they act the way they do, you may realize you need to say no more often than you are right now.  The difference will be that you’ll have peace with it because you know WHY you’re saying no – which is to help them in their development.

Having a gentle spirit and kind tongue, and setting boundaries is the way the Bible recommends turning around your relationships with difficult people.  You have the right and responsibility to care for yourself well and one way you do that is by not getting frustrated so easily.  Keep your  peace today.

Foundational Scripture for Today:  Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near.” Phillipians 4:5

Erin Marie is a passionate lover of Jesus Christ, bestselling Author, compelling Speaker & Founder of BeautifulWildFree. She personally embraces a purpose of empowering women to rediscover their beauty, purpose and sense of self through a love-encounter with Christ. Connect with her online via Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter: @bwfwoman

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