Reflecting on Difficult People
Have you ever felt like this guy? Take a few minutes to step back and reflect on God’s word…
1 John 2:3-6
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
Matt 5 : 38-42, 46
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
Questions / Thoughts to ponder
These are radical directions. They are the exact opposite of what the world and our own feelings would point us to do. Is it ok to just do as we feel?
Who is the most challenging person currently in my life?
If my Christianity was to be judged by how I deal with them, how would I fair?
Based on how I treat them, what would I expect that person to say about my Christianity, and about Christianity in general?
Would anyone else looking at the situation feel that I am dealing with it any differently to any other person?
Are there any other thoughts that these passages cause me to reflect on?