Joyce Meyer: How To love people that are difficult to love.
- Praying For Ourselves To Have A Proper Attitude Before We Ever Bother Praying For Them To Change.
I learnt it a long time ago. I do not go to God and pray for my husband to change without approaching the throne with this fashion. “O Lord, this is really hard for me. Honestly, I will like you to work in Dave’s life”
Lord maybe am not seeing this right, I may be the one with the problem and so, first of all, deal with me”
Don’t ever go to God to pray about somebody’s fault, if you don’t go with a humble attitude. That’s not the safest thing to do.
Because we think we know what’s wrong with somebody, does not mean that we do.
Pray that we see our own fault, because if we do, it will make it easier to be patient with the weaknesses of others. If we see our own fault, it brings a degree of humility to our lives.
Mathew 7:3.. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
We don’t know how to help people properly, there is no compassion, no gentleness if we have a bigger mask on our lives than they do, but we are blind by our own fault and only see theirs.
2. Pray For The Person Who Is Been Difficult To Get Along With.
But don’t pray for them to change just to make it easier for you. Pray for them to be all God wants them to be.
Pray for the person with humility, realising but by the Grace of God, they will go high.
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Do you know honestly and truly sometimes been judgemental of other people, it is a mechanism we come up with to not have to deal with our own problems? As long as you stay busy thinking about what is wrong with you, I don’t have to deal with what might be going on in my own life.
I have found out in many years of experience that I really need to spend less time on other people and more time on me.
Pray for people that God will help them be all He wants them to be. To do all He wants them to do.
Pray that God should open their eyes, so they can actually see and recognise when they hurt other people.
Pray for them that God will help them get to the root of their problems, because behaviour modification is not the answer
You can be in a relationship with somebody and say, “If you don’t do this and this, am leaving”. Maybe out of fear, they will straighten up and change something for a period of time. But you all have the experience, with a period of time, it comes back. Because just behaviour modification is not what people need, they need; A heart change, a nature change.
And if they have got so many problems in their live and they can’t see God themselves, then they need to see us act like God.
3. Pray For Discernment.
We need more decernment. We are too much off the top of our head. Discernment goes deeper than what we see or what we think.
4. You got to be ready to forgive them often.
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