How to Love Difficult People

Three facts we must come to grips with:

1. Difficult people are everywhere.

2. Difficult people have been around nearly as long as people have been around. Consider the Israelites in the days of Moses:

  • After leaving Mt. Sinai (Num 11:1-6)
  • Moses’ brother and sister (Num 12:1-3)
  • After the spies’ report (Num 14:1-4)
  • After Miriam’s death (Num 20:1-5)

3. Loving other people–however difficult they may be–is a choice. Again, look to the example of Moses:

  • After Miriam’s complaint (Num 12:13)
  • After the spies’ report (Num 14:19)
  • After the golden calf (Deut 9:18)
  • After Pharaoh’s wrath (Exo 5:22)
  • After leaving Mt. Sinai (Num 11:14)
  • In his prayer for Joshua (Num 27:12-17)

“Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.” (Num 12:3)

Practically speaking, how can we show love to difficult people?

  • Pray for your own heart (Psa 19:12-14)
  • Pray for them (Matt 5:43-48)
  • Realize that you could be the difficult person in someone else’s life (Matt 7:3-5)
  • Move toward them, not away from them (Rom 12:14-17)
  • Find specific ways to bless them (Rom 12:18-21)
  • Give them grace, just as God extends grace to you (Col 3:12-14)

This sermon was delivered on September 10, 2017.

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