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Those Difficult People
Those Difficult People
This year is going to be a year of expectation. I am expecting the abundance of blessings to flow- I have already seen some blessings come to my home and family -but I’m also expecting some hard times. Not because I’m expecting them; but, because I am not promised a life where I can just sail through every situation with no scratches. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed.” I’m not going to be crushed, I’m not going to become despondent, I’m not going to be forsaken, and I’m not going to be destroyed; but, there will be scratches.
Some of what I might come against will be difficult people, and I have already been through this once or twice in the last year, so I [sort of] know what to expect. How do we, Believers, deal with difficult people? You know … people who are hard to love, people who take up much of your time and energy, people who rely on you more than they should.
If, like me, you have some of these difficult people in your life, you might ask a bunch of “What if …” questions. What if he or she wants to talk or text every day? What if I am busy and he or she needs my help? What if he or she asks something of me but I cannot do as they ask? What if I cannot help him or her the way he or she needs to be helped? What if I find I don’t have time for him or her? What if I don’t have the energy for him or her?
Let me give you some sage advice about the “What if …” game. This game will drive you insane in the membrane because we are not always going to have good answers for the questions. Instead of choosing to play the “What if …” game, pray. Seek YeHoVaH and His will and purpose for the person and/or situation that needs your time and energy. And, quit relying on your own thoughts of fear and selfishness. YeHoVaH will give to us discernment, grace, humility, knowledge, love, and wisdom to help any person at any time of need.
Shmuel Aleph (1 Samuel) 16:7--”But Adonai said to Shmuel, ‘Don’t look on his face, or of the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for I don’t see as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but Adonai looks at the heart.”
Ephesians 4:1-3--”I therefore, the prisoner in Adonai, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love; being eager to keep the unity of Ruach HaKodesh in the bond of peace.”
Mashiakim Yehudim (Hebrews) 13:2--”Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Kepha Bet (2 Peter) 1:3--”Seeing that His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who has called us by HIs own glory and virtue.”