Difficult People

I spent the better part of the last 18 months in a toxic environment. The woman in charge was fearful. Tight-fisted. Controlling. Max-micro-manager.

She was an emotional bully & my growing disdain for her was understandable.

That is, until the Holy Spirit reminded me of Jesus’ words …

“Love your enemies & pray for those who persecute you.” MATTHEW 5:44

So I began to pray for her. Not because I’m all that great.
But because I was all that desperate.

“Lord, I love WhatsHerName. Please bless her & cause her business to grow. Bring peace to her & her environment so that others will be blessed as well.”

I wish The Lord would have answered my prayers as prayed.
Instead, He chose to change something inside me:

  1. My compassion grew as my frustration & bitterness melted like wax.
  2. My strength grew as the enemy of my soul lost his foothold.

I’ve moved on. But I’m eternally grateful for the experience.

  • Because it taught me a priceless lesson.
  • About the beauty of obedience to The Lord.
  • And the mysterious ways He makes us more like Him.

So pray for those who are giving you a hard time.

Because that reveals your identity as a child of your Heavenly Father, Who is kind to everyone. He brings the sunrise to warm & rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil.

  • What reward do you deserve if you only love the loveable?
  • Don’t even the greatly-dreaded tax collectors do that?
  • Why limit your kindness to just your friends?
Instead, let The Lord grow His Perfect Love within you.
MATTHEW 5:43-48

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