Updated: Nov 14
Dealing with nasty people can test our patience to the core. Faith is about seeing beyond the immediate nastiness and responding with the wisdom and love that Jesus modelled. In the face of hostility, Romans 12:21 (NIV) says, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good".
A Kingdom perspective involves understanding that every person, including the nasty ones, is loved by God and is potentially brothers and sisters in Christ. It recognises that their negativity may stem from the historical sin they're hiding. With this insight, we can pray for them, hoping they come to experience the transformative love of God.
Combatting nastiness is about sowing seeds of God's love in tough soil. It's a challenging call to extend grace, just as we've received it abundantly. In doing so, we align our hearts with the Kingdom's values and contribute to a culture of compassion and forgiveness.
Never forget, nasty is a product of satan, and Love is a product of God.
Lord, help my life not to be nasty to others but to convey Your love to them. Amen.
Look beyond your hurt to the potential in the individual, then pray for them.
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