Thoughts of...Walking with God when walking with people
People. They are enough to make you crazy sometimes, aren’t they?
They make you laugh and then they make you cry. They help you and then they hurt you. They draw you close and then push you away. They give a little and then they take a lot. They give you hope for great expectations and then they disappoint you.
With some, it seems like they mostly make you cry, hurt you, push you away, take, and disappoint. Those are difficult people. They are in your family, at your work, in your neighborhood, and in your church. How can we walk with God, as did Enoch and Noah (Gen 5:24, Gen 6:9), when these difficult people are in our lives?!
Since two cannot walk together except they be agreed (Amos 3:3), we walk with God by agreeing with Him. Therefore, we agree with Him about those difficult people by pursuing righteousness (Ps 34:13-15, Zeph 2:3):
• Err on the side of grace rather than on judgment (2 Cor 6:1-8, Ps 103:8, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2)
• Bite your tongue (James 1:19-20, Eph 4:29-30)
• Forgive as you have been forgiven (Ps 103:10, Matt 6:14-15, Matt 18:21-22, Eph 4:31-32)
• Love as you are loved (Luke 6:32-38, John 15:12, John 13:34-35, 2 Cor 8:8-9)
• Don’t be difficult yourself (John 3:30, 2 Peter 1:5-8, Eph 4:21-24)
Difficult people are just like sheep; they are just like you and me. So, with the heart of The Good Shepherd, let’s be gracious and forgiving and loving with each other. Agreed?
1 Thes 3:12-13