“You look a bit downtrodden this morning,” Stan said as I sat down. “What’s going on?”
“I spent some time last night with a friend. Well, not really a friend because he is not friendly. In fact, it seems that it is virtually impossible for me to get along with him.”
“How so?” Stan responded.
“He is negative about everything. He frowns and there are no good words that come out of his mouth. The bottom-line is that I think he just doesn’t like me and doesn’t want to be around me.”
“And that has you bothered? Stan asked.
“It sure does,” I responded. “I try the best I can to be nice to this person. I commit to allowing the Holy Spirit to be manifested in all of my dealings with him, but it is like he is at war with me all of the time. He’s impossible!”
“I think,” Stan replied, “that the apostle Paul addressed that very thing in his letter to the church in Rome.”
“Good,” I responded. “What did he say?”
“Make your best efforts to be at peace with this fellow. If he doesn’t want peace with you, but would prefer war, so be it.”
Continuing, he said, “Do everything you can, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. Leave the other person in God’s hands to deal with.”
“If he comes around with an olive branch of wanting to get along with you, that will be great. If he doesn’t, you will have done what is required and you can be at peace with God about it.”
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:18.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you have placed in me your Holy Spirit to lead me in all things, including relationships with difficult people. You know who they are. I need and ask for your help in dealing with them. I want only to manifest you in all of my relationships. For those relationships that are more war than they are peace, I give them to you to deal with. I also give you myself to lead as you intend, whether it is to stay in difficult relationships or to leave them and wait for your movement in the lives of others. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.