“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” ~ Philippians 2:3-4 KJV
One of the greatest gifts about life is… the FREEDOM to choose. GOD can command that we do whatever He wants us to do, but He doesn’t. Instead, He allows us to have the choice, good or bad, on how we handle all of life’s personal affairs. However, one thing that GOD does command is that we – humankind – treat each other well.
The world around us is full of people who make life difficult for us, at times. Some of us have bosses and supervisors who are overbearing and demanding. Others have relatives they don’t like being around… and friends who no longer show the same respect as they once did in the past. But, how does GOD want us to handle these people?
You may know someone else who has had to deal with difficult people, or you may have experienced dealing with them yourself. As you study the Bible, you will find that GOD lets other people and experiences build character in us. Often, we just want the difficult person to go away and bother someone else. But what if that someone else is you?
GOD wants us to strive for peace in every situation we’re in. So let’s look at some relevant scriptures that show how to deal with difficult people.
Here’s what the Bible Says About Dealing With Difficult People?
- Hebrews 12:14 – “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord…”
- Romans 12:18 – “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
- Matthew 18:15 – “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.”
- Romans 12:17-21 – “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
- Matthew 7:12 – “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Showing Godly Love Is What Matters
Love is key. So, there should never be a situation where we try to get even with someone else… no matter what they’ve done, or how we feel about that person. GOD said we are to go the “second mile” if that is what it takes to have peace.
We show wisdom, not weakness, when we are willing to yield to others. When Abram and Lot had to separate and pick between two different lands, Abram let Lot choose. In all fairness, Abram should have had first choice, but he wanted a peaceful relationship. Even though Lot chose the more lush land, Abram knew that GOD would bless him wherever he went (Genesis 13:6-11).