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I love the Bible because I can find rich treasures in the form of answers I need for just about every issue in my life. One of them is how to deal with difficult people. Sometimes certain individuals seem to toss stumbling blocks my way at every turn, testing every ounce of patience I have.

Ephesians 4:31-32 says: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Uh, oh. God forgave me for a lot of stuff when I asked Him to be my Savior and still does on a daily basis. Doesn’t that problem-person deserve the same? The Lord doesn’t favor anyone over another. He expects us to treat others like we want to be treated.

Okay, so I chose to avoid anger or unkind words toward that other person. I forgave just as Jesus forgave me. But something was wrong. The Holy Spirit looked down into my soul, probing deeply. I discovered I’d exchanged unforgiveness for complacency and distance. Though I no longer held malice against that person, I merely ignored them.

1 Corinthians 13 is the love chapter. Verse 13 says “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Guess what! I’d forgiven but hadn’t chosen to love. That was a lot harder than forgiving.

God was able to reveal the true motives of my heart. How was I to love that difficult person? I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Soon, that person I thought I couldn’t abide became a friend. Thank you, Lord, for Your Word and the power to live according to Your will.

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Giving Thanks in All Things

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Last fall disaster struck. It was certainly not an event in which I would ordinarily want to give thanks. But the occurrence proved that once again the Bible contains the truth, especially 1 Thessalonians 5:18. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

In the past I thought the passage had a nice theological ring. But rarely had I put it into practice—until today.

I had set aside time to write a blog post thanking God for my blessings. But first I went downstairs to get a large glass of water. Since I had a great paper cup complete with lid from my trip to the local fast food restaurant yesterday, I decided to put that take-home cup to good use again.

I filled it with ice cubes then water to the brim, put the plastic top on, and stuck the straw through. Once I got upstairs, I strolled over to my computer and set the cup on my computer table. Somehow, that little bugger collapsed between my fingers and tore right down the middle. Ice, water, and even my lemon slice went everywhere on my computer desk.

Not only did I feel stupid, the cleanup job would be sizeable and time consuming. But somehow the verse in 1 Thessalonians came to me. I thanked God that it was water instead of something more destructive such as a sweet drink or red Kool-Aid. Then I gave God thanks that it didn’t get on my computer to do any damage. Finally I said thanks because nothing got wet except the desk and the floor.

Now I take 1 Thessalonians 5:28 a little more seriously. Let’s give thanks in all things. God bless you.

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