Is there someone in your life that is difficult to love or who grieves you? A spouse perhaps, child, sibling co-worker, or neighbor? One who exasperates you and makes your life miserable?
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Pay special attention to people such as this in your life and ask God what He wants you to learn about Him and you through this person. Often the very reason we have such people in our lives is that God has strategically placed them there for our benefit. Our character can be deeply cut in wounding if left to us, or we are shaped like a diamond when it is polished by the hand of God as we submit to Him such personalities in our lives. God calls us to love our neighbor as we love our selves, and this should be our goal to those who we find hard to love and forgive. When we lay down those areas in us that this person seems to be able to rile up, we are making room for the Spirit to work and grow us more into the image of our Lord.
God will give the grace to love with His love that will minister to such souls the power of the Living God. You will be His witness to them. He will provide you with the strength you need to bless those who hate you, treat you wrongly, and use you. They will no longer have the power they have had to grieve you because when you cut the tie of holding them accountable for their sins against you, you are released from all the bondage that held you down and so will experience the freedom that Christ gives from such bondage.
As we submit to God in this area, He will give us wisdom, grace and practicality in dealing with hard and difficult people. They will even be fast-tracked to God and His dealing as we get out of the way! Our unbearable situation will be exchanged for the joy that comes as we receive from the Lord His goodness and grace and we will rejoice!
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21