“A clue to life’s meanings are hidden in life’s relationships.” Ravi Zacharias
In this life, it is truly a blessing to have friends and family who support, love, and counsel each other out of Christ’s love.
But what about when we interact with others who are harsh, obstinate, and speak hateful words to others?
We tend to react with anger and want to be harsh with them also. Have we considered that we, in our past, we’re like those that we struggle with now?
In these difficult moments, when we are attempting to change or influence another’s thinking; have we considered the methods we use will produce the prevailing attitude in that persons future?
“There’s no point in giving a person a rose to smell, if we cut off their nose with our words.” Indian Proverb
If our methods aren’t loving why would anyone want to listen or consider our point of view?
If our position is poisoned and bitter, our passion is lost and all they hear is our bitterness. The message is then lost in our madness.
Instead, consider these words in our interactions with difficult people:
“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.” 2 Timothy 2:24
Why should we be gentle and kind even if others are not?
“Gently instruct those who oppose truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn from the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the Devils trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26
Dear friends, if we truly want to change and lead others to the Lord our methods must be sincere and loving. Our beliefs must be seen, felt, and demonstrated in all aspects of our lives. A true test of our morals is not when we are around those we love but when we are in the midst of opposition.
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries