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08/17/2011

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Traits That Help Us To Cope With Difficult People


"So I will gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?" (2 Cor.12:15)

At some time or another, we all have to deal with difficult people. It is inevitable that at work, play or even in church we will be challenged. Realizing our own flaws may help us to be more patient, but we need more. The apostle Paul had to deal with some difficult people in his day. Many of them were in the churches that he had planted, visited and wrote to. We get some insight in how he dealt with these difficult people here in 2 Corinthians 12:11-18. I mentioned yesterday that they would be good passages to read and meditate and today I will attempt to explain. Paul hung with these difficult people because the message was so important! How he did it is explained in these verses...He hung with them by being humble (V 11). He hung with them by being confident (V 12). He hung with them by being decisive (V 13). He hung with them by having forgiveness in his heart (V 14). He hung with them by being their servant (V 15). He hung with them by being a person of integrity (Vs 16-18). He hung with them by being a good Christian model (V 18). I think that Paul has given us a blueprint for coping with difficult people here. Finally, sometimes difficult people will go on the offensive. When this happens here are a few more things to remember; Don't retaliate in kind...It only exacerbates things...Don't quit....Quitters just don't win....Respond in a spirit of love....It will drive them crazy and make them think...Lastly, remember that more than likely people are watching....Here's a chance to be a model....

Have a great day Let you light shine for him... Love mark Phil.4:11

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