Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Dealing With Difficult People

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Pastor John Watkin

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This is the last message in our “Building Relationships,” series. We have been talking about how to strengthen our good relationships, how to heal our bad ones and how to deal with the people in our lives that really push our buttons.

We summarize what we have been saying about healthy relationships in a message entitled, “Dealing With Difficult People.” This message offers some very practical ways to approach the most difficult people in your life in love.

The Apostle Paul gave us this difficult, straightforward advice. He said in Romans 12:14 (GNT),

“Ask God to bless those who persecute you-yes, ask Him to bless, not to curse.”

You can broaden that concept of persecution to include those who irritate you and generally push your buttons. This verse is calling us to real love. Real love isn’t loving someone who is lovable.

Real love loves the unlovable, the unlovely and the person who is just in you face… the one who makes you uncomfortable. Real love is determining to take the high ground and return love, no matter what.

Paul also said in Romans 12:17-18 (GNT),

“If someone has done you wrong, do not repay Him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.”

This isn’t natural for any of us but it is what we see modeled in the life of Jesus.

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