We have all encountered difficult people. Whether they are constantly negative or brashly insensitive, it can be frustrating to handle those who require “extra care.” Even in the Bible, we see Moses having to deal with Aaron’s bad choices (Exodus 32) and Jesus resolving issues with the Pharisees (Matthew 23). Whatever the case may be, we cannot always avoid interpersonal conflict. Yet, how we react in the midst of irritation will, without a doubt, draw people towards Christ or turn them away. As His ambassadors, it is our job to be mindful of our interactions with those we deem difficult and ask the Lord for wisdom on how to move forward. According to Joseph Hellerman’s book, When The Church Was Family, proper conflict resolution within the body of Christ makes us a stronger witness for the gospel we proclaim. If Christians cannot settle disputes under composure, how can we expect others to look to us as an example of God’s light?
For this reason, we must explore God-honoring ways to deal wisely with difficult individuals. Here are 10 effective ways I have discovered can make a major difference in your interactions.
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