Have you ever met an annoying person? All of us know at least one person that makes us grind our teeth!
Instead of letting my tongue beat my eyeballs black and blue with unspoken criticism; I’m trying a new approach. What can I do to have a positive relationship with this person?
I’m starting by asking God to help me see that person as He sees them. It’s interesting to find God sees me the same way He sees them; as a sinner needing His mercy and grace.
There is a difference between an annoying personality and sin; is it the personality that irritates or is it sin? The Bible does not say that we are to overlook or accept sin!
Indeed, the Bible says that we are to boldly confront sin while being careful we don’t fall into the trap of sin ourself ! (Galatians 6: 1)
We are not to allow sin to be active in our lives (I John 5:18) or allow those who continue to sin to be active in ministry in our church. I Corinthians Chapters 5 and 6 speaks to how Christians are to deal with sin in the body of believers.
God can’t be mocked, if we continue in sin, we do not inherit eternal life! (Galatians 6) We find that when we commit our own attitudes and activities to the cleansing of God’s Word, we will be able to minister to our friend through leadership instead of criticism.
Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”