It Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult to Deal with Difficult People [Choosing Joy]
A friend of mine texted me in the middle of the day this week. She was frustrated because of a conflict with a co-worker. More than frustrated, I would say she was angry. The co-worker had lately become lazy, dishonest, and rude to everyone in the workplace. Rather than just an isolated event, this behavior was becoming a regular routine. So my friend turned to me, the “Choosing Joy” lady for a little compassion for her situation.
So here are a few tips for handling a difficult person inspired by the book 1 Thessalonians.
Never forget, that if you believe that Jesus is the Christ, then you have the Holy Spirit at your disposal. You have built-in self-control. You have built-in patience. You have built-in kindness and gentleness. Use these tools! For these tools build relationships rather than tear them down.
“Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:13-18 (NIV)