Dealing with the difficult

The Word

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)


This may be the very day someone challenges and rudely opposes you. It will happen to anyone committed and wanting to honor God with their lives.

Pride, criticism, arrogance, and opposition will challenge the one given to fulfilling the will of God. Their will be resistance and arguments and they will seem, and may be unfair. Challenges will come in the form of insolence and unexpected sources. When it happens, for surely it will, this passage instructs us how to respond in a way which will cause us to grow, honor God, and in the end possibly assist the attacker to change their heart.


Lord your Spirit facilitates your will upon the earth in all things. My desire is to honor you. Should there appear in my path today an unjustified and unreasonable person set to cause harm, please guide me through the circumstance in such a manner to become more like you. Amen.


“and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”


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