When People Perturb Us

More Jesus in My Day is a feature you'll find here at my blog every Thursday. Designed to lead you straight to the Savior, each short post offers simple, practical ways to know Him more.

We’ve all spent time with a person who rattles us. Whether we feel they’re too loud, too opinionated, or downright mean (or all of the above), we might try to grin and bear it or, depending on our personalities, say something we regret.

But it’s far better to bring Jesus into the situation. On a practical level, Jesus has the ability to grant us wisdom in our responses and fill us His love for that person. His wisdom will prevent us from becoming entangled in a war of words, and His love can completely transform the way we see someone. Those simple ingredients will lead to astonishing peace, even while we deal with what I'll delicately refer to as challenging people.

The next time a certain someone starts to make you feel rattled, remember to ask Jesus to be there with you. That person may not change, but as you stand with the Prince of Peace, your perspective and response will.

Peace I leave with you; My own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled. (John 14:27)


Jill Beran said...

Great words Julie...I find myself doing this more and you are right it helps, in amazing ways!! Blessings to you, Jill

Susan said...

My sister told me a funny story about a girl in her Bible study. This gal admitted to praying, "Lord, You know I want to pull this gal's hair. I need You to show up RIGHT NOW and stop me!"

Hahahahah I can relate!! Love this one, Julie :)

Julie Gillies said...

Haha! LOVE that story, Susan! Now that's what I call a REAL prayer!

Karen said...

Love Susan's story, too. Ha! Yep, peace usually comes when I stop demanding everything my way. Thanks for the reminder.

Ginny said...

I will try this. I have a friend who is so annoying anymore, that I am biting my tongue all the time. I will remember to bring Jesus into the situation from now on, and feel the peace only He can give.

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