“Hurting people, hurts other people” by John C Maxwell.
It definitely not hard for you to think of a difficult person in your school, workplace and yes, even in church. In our broken, sin-filled world, they are everywhere. The co-worker who is willing to do anything to perform better than you, including taking credit for your ideas. The person in your ministry who is constantly complaining about your leadership, who thinks he has better ideas and communicates them with a sharp and biting tongue. Your Connect Member who is kind one moment and gives you the cold shoulder the next. The list can go on and on.
At the back of your mind, these “difficult people” ought to change or repent! The truth is, when we find it hard to love these people and being judgmental toward them, we could be the one that need to repent! Moses was no stranger to leading a group of difficult people. Even after rescuing them out of slavery and leading them safely away from the Egyptians, the Israelites were not happy with him. Yet Moses didn’t retaliate against this annoying group of people. Instead, he demonstrated amazing humility and compassion on those he led, repeatedly interceding for them. What an example for us to follow!
- Pray that we will repent from being part of the problem (with difficult people) instead of becoming the solution.
- Pray for God to give heart like Moses, filled with humility and compassion for hurting people.