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Neglected Biblical Truths

God is willing to help you to be patient with the most difficult people that you must deal with

Neglected Biblical Truths
Patience with Difficult People – Part II

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:14-26

Key Verses: 2 Timothy 2:23-24
Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.

Yesterday’s devotional addressed how the Bible wants us to deal with difficult people who want to have foolish arguments.

A sincere Christ-follower needs to be prayerful about figuring out what is and what is not a foolish argument. Even with arguments that defend a biblical truth, there comes a time when we sense that the person only wants to be argumentative and is not interested in finding the truth.

The next step that today’s Key Verses provides is to “be kind”.

If we use the phrase “they do not deserve it” when dealing with a difficult person, then we are out of step with God’s truth. Remember that we did not deserve God’s kindness that He gave to us. God only asks us for one thing in return… be kind to all people.

As today’s Key Verses clarify, an unkind reply ends our effectiveness in teaching biblical truth to any person.

The next step in dealing with difficult people is the toughest one: be patient with difficult people.

The reason for being patient with a difficult person is found in the very definition of the word patient: “able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious”.

Being patient is not a matter of simply putting up with someone since we usually do not have much of a choice about that. Find the essence of being patient in the last part of the definition: “without becoming annoyed or anxious”. This is the tough part.

While it may be true that we cannot help “feeling” annoyed with a difficult person, all we can do is not allow our feelings to rule over us. We must fight the temptation to show annoyance rather than cave to it.

Ask and receive God’s help for patience with the most difficult people that you must deal with!

Father, I need and want Your help to treat all people well. In Jesus’s Name, amen.