I’m guessing everyone knows that person; the person who, sadly, exudes an ‘I’m miserable’ attitude and doesn’t care if the world knows.
It’s the person who insults you, criticizes your faith and says whatever they feel, when they feel like it, no matter the company.
Honestly, it’s the person who tries your very patience and who if you hadn’t been given your “Jesus filter,” you’d tell exactly how you really see things and it wouldn’t be pretty.
There’s a reason they’re that way.
We try hard to make our battle against the actual person but our battle is “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12
On more than one occasion Jesus could’ve called angels and fire from Heaven into action on his accusers and those who persecuted Him, but he didn’t. He kept peace and showed love, even in the midst of hatred and worldly things that came at Him. We’re supposed to do the same.
I know it’s easy to want to retaliate but retaliation isn’t the answer. That only opens you up to be an instrument of the enemy. Insult for insult isn’t the answer. Hate for hate isn’t the answer.
Love is the answer.
God’s perfect love is the only thing that will change that person’s heart…and change you.
You should not only pray for that person but pray that God will show you things you need to work on and how to react in these situations. We all have room for improvement. Pray that He will open your heart and eyes to opportunities to help that person and to show them love.
Like it or not, we all get in the flesh from time to time. It’s what we do with those times that are optional.
Keep your “Jesus filter” in check with prayer and praise. If you do that, the enemy stands less of a chance of invading your thoughts and emotions.
Love people – even when it’s difficult. Pray that they’ll see Christ in you, some way, somehow; no matter how imperfect you may be. You never know when they’ll realize that love and a hardened heart will crumble, making room for a new life in the Lord.
And let us not forget, God loves us when we’re the ones trying His patience. He never fails to show us grace and mercy! Shouldn’t we reciprocate that grace and mercy to others?
Matthew 5:38-46 “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?
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.