Note 2 Self: What Difficult People Reveal

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Dear Self,

When you run into difficult people, your reactions and thoughts reveal something.

When you complain about a  snarky comment that was made, only to pass along your own, something is revealed.

When you murmur under your breath at the driver who pulled out in front of you, and then accidentally do the same to another 5 minute later, something is revealed.

When you get irritated by your spouse but then realize you basically did the same thing to him 10 minutes later, something is revealed.

When you get around that person who always seems to be negative, and you realize you only think negative about them, something big is revealed.

Hypocrite comes to mind, but I personally don’t like to admit this.

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When these things happen, I realize more and more we all truly need Grace.

We need to repent.

We need to ask for forgiveness and we need to give it to others.

None of us are perfect, beyond needing God’s daily mercies.

But Those Peeps!

Yes, it is hard when thinking about those who haven’t seemed to change over the years, even after being kind over and over and over again.

Your flesh wants to tell you it’s okay to cut them off from your kindness, but this is not what God wants; this is not what His Word says.

Lay your pride, your frustration, and your bitter thoughts down and pick up ones that come from Christ instead.

The more and more you do this, the more natural it will become, even when dealing with those more difficult people in your life.

Pretty soon, they will be giving you the eyebrow, wondering why you are so kind, hopeful and generous  even when they give you every reason not be.

And even if they don’t, you have Heaven’s reward to look forward to, my dear.

 

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That is the never-ending fountain of life.

If we can love out of this Truth and mindset, we won’t run dry.

We are ALL difficult in some way or another. We ALL need daily graces.

We can treat people the way Christ wants us to by thinking how WE would want to be treated.  The golden rule came from One truly selfless Being.

He loved first.

He set the example.

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13 thoughts on “Note 2 Self: What Difficult People Reveal

  1. Ouch ouch ouch…. stepping on my toes girlfriend…
    But it’s all so true! A common saying around my group of friends as we ‘re trying to deal with our logs (sometimes whole trees…!) is: “There’s something about you I really don’t like about me…!” But we are called to love, goodness gracious even when it’s hard (and sometimes it’s really hard- especially when you’re married…) because of Jesus and his love for us which existed first… Thanks for the divine confirmation to my exact prayer this morning 🙂

    1. Heather, wow I really like that saying! It IS so hard sometimes ~ and I happened upon Hebrews 12:3-4 this morning which says, “If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about his patience as sinful did such terrible things to him. After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you have sweat great drops of blood.” I was like, yes – this will help me if I ever start to get in a pity party about having to “endure” my circumstance(s). I already knew this, but you know how it is when God brings you back to a part that speaks particularly strong in a season of life!? Love ya girl, be blessed this week!

      1. oooh yeah…good stuff…when we compare our situations with Jesus… well everything grows strangely dim…♥♥ Thanks for sharing the good word. xo

  2. Guilty! Pick up Christ’s words instead. I love this post. What a truth and what a revelation. Thank you for this and for reassuring me I’m not alone, but I better get after it. Thank you for linking up to Cisneros Cafe last week. You are such a blessing to me. ❤

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