Dealing with difficult people might feel like swimming with sharks. How can we swim with sharks and not get eaten? And, how can we swim with sharks without becoming one?
When you don’t know how to hold your own in relationships,
and someone takes advantage, it feels like being held under water.
When I walk in the flesh, my heart rebels against verses like this:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, ‘Do not resist the one who is evil…And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles’ (Matthew 5:38, 39, 41, ESV).
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. So much for avoiding difficult people. My go-to-moves for dealing with manipulative, selfish, narcissistic people are very original: (1) run and hide OR (2) stand and fight. But, Go with him TWO miles—REALLY? Yes. Really.
This idea has often made my skin crawl.
People who force you to walk with them, or force you to talk with them, or force you to spend time with them, or force you into anger with all their forceful forcing…these people…they are not. my. people!
I have asked: Lord, how? How can I do this?
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