Friday, October 4, 2013

Working With Difficult People

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”  -Epicurus

David understood what it was like to work with difficult people.  Whatever King Saul asked David to do, he’d do it successfully (1 Sam. 18:5).  As a war commander, David became widely famous with soldiers and people alike.  Saul grew jealous of David, and took away David’s troops so that he would die in battle.  David continued to succeed because God was with him (1 Sam. 18:14). Saul lied, manipulated, and connived.  Saul even tried killing David himself on multiple occasions.  David stayed obedient both to God and his authority.  When working conditions finally became unbearable and David could no longer work under Saul, he refused to kill Saul to pay back evil for evil.  Instead David treated Saul with honour.  Eventually God promoted David to be king.  Likewise, often times we have to work with difficult people, but realize God is testing whether or not you’ll continue to do what’s right, so that like David, He can promote you.  Be honest, work hard, and honour. 

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people (Colossians 3:23, NLT). 

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