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08/16/2011

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Dealing With Difficult People


"Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you? I urged Titus to go to you and I sent your brother with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not follow in the same spirit and follow the same course?" (2 Cor.12:17-18)

I write this devotional from the perspective of a difficult person. All of us have some quality or qualities that make us difficult to deal with for someone. There is no doubt that some of us are more difficult to deal with than others. Since I am not a psychologist, I don't have all of the answers to this problem. I do know that when difficult people hurt the church, it must be dealt with. The church at Corinth had so many problems that the apostle Paul wrote them two letters. In that they had problems, I perceive that there were difficult people causing them. It might be good to read 2 Corinthians 12:11-18 and meditate on it. I am sure that you have heard the term, "attacking the messenger." Well, many of these people attacked the message also. Along with this they attacked each other and all of these attacks hurt the credibility of the church. They were so difficult that a lesser person than Paul might have given up on them. So, why does Paul not just not move on to less difficult people? There are probably many reasons, but I will isolate two. First is that the message of Christ is so important that he is motivated to stay with them. The second reason is one that you can mull over a bit. In the back of his mind Paul knows that he is a difficult person also. As difficult of a person that he was, God did not give up on him. It is a great lesson for us to learn because we don't want to be given up on either. Tomorrow I will write about why Paul stayed with these difficult people and how he dealt with them....

Have a wonderful day......We can all make a difference.. Love mark Phil.4:11

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