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Dealing with Difficult People: To Love or Not To Love

This month I’ve been teaching on dealing with difficult people.  We all know them.  They’re the people we go out of our way to avoid.  It’s the loud mouth, know it all in the neighborhood, the irate customer in the checkout line, or maybe the never satisfied boss.

Whoever it is in your life, my guess is you immediately imagined somebody when I said “dealing with difficult people.”  It’s not something we’re confused by.  These people stick out like a sore thumb.  So how are we to respond to them?

Jesus makes it pretty clear in John 13:34-35 “I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” OUCH!  You mean I have to love these people??

The How of Dealing With Difficult People 

But what does that look like on a practical level?  How do I DO that?  Be sure to check back for my next blog post where I’ll give you some specific steps for dealing with difficult people in your life.

In the meantime, what are some things you’ve tried in dealing with difficult people?