Are there people in your life who get on your nerves? I imagine there are! God made us each different and sometimes personalities clash! As a Christian, what are we to do when other people get on our nerves? Have you ever thought about it? Well, I’m thinking about it this morning and God has reminded me about what He told us in John 13:35:
Loving one another is the way the world knows we are Christians. Sometimes I get caught up in worldly things and it is good for me to be reminded that God has standards. We are NOT TO BE LIKE THE WORLD! We are called to take the higher road…..and that includes in how we deal with people. I would like to share with you some things I have found helpful when other people get on my nerves. Here are a few tips:
1. PRAY! Pray for the person who is driving you crazy. Ask God to bless that person. Tell God what your issues are with that person and ask Him to help you!
2. GET TO KNOW THAT PERSON! Take a step towards getting to know the person who is getting on your nerves. Ask them to go to lunch or find a few minutes to inquire about their life. The more you learn about this person, the more opportunity you have to find common ground with them. We all have a life story and you may just be shocked what you learn about their life.
3. TAKE YOUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE TO CHRIST! When a negative thought crosses your mind about that person, confess it immediately and ask Christ to replace those ugly thoughts with more positive ones. Don’t allow your mind to entertain negative thoughts about this person….guard your mind!
4. DON’T GOSSIP! I imagine many of us struggle with this. When someone is driving you crazy, you want to tell someone else. Well—I have learned the hard way this just makes things worse. God is so displeased with gossip. Although it may feel “fun” at the time, it is wrong and we should not do it.
Sometimes personalities clash and people are going to get on our nerves! As followers of Christ, let’s remember that we are called to love others and God’s Word tells us that love is PATIENT! Let’s practice patience as we strive to love those people who get on our nerves.
Thanks for reading, my friends! I hope you have a great day!