Interacting with others seems to be an unavoidable part of life, but what happens when there are certain people we wish we could avoid? How do we handle rude, unpleasant, annoying, and just plain difficult people? Ephesians 4:31-32 (HCSB) 31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. John 5:30 (HCSB) 30 “I can do nothing on My own. I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (HCSB) 14 And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Matthew 18:15-16 (HCSB) 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. James 1:19 (HCSB) 19 My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger
How to Deal with Difficult People
Introduction in the Series
October 4, 2015 • Pastor David Bagwell • Difficult People, Ephesians 4:31-32, John 5:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, Matthew 18:15-16, James 1:19
Dealing with Overly Needy People
Dealing with Difficult People Week2 • October 11, 2015 • Pastor David Bagwell
Text: Matthew 9:35-38 How to Help without Enabling 1. We want to learn, with the help of God, to offer what they need, not what they want. We need to identify the real need. We need to pay attention to actions, not words. 2. We need to set healthy boundaries. We need to set up Time boundaries with overly needy people. We also need to set up Resource boundaries 3. ALLOW THEM TO FACE THEIR CONSEQUENCES. 2 THINGS TO REMEMBER. Rescuing isn’t always helping. Write this down. Jesus is the Savior, not you. Jesus is the Savior, not you.