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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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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