Learning to Work With Hateful People

In every work place you have to deal with a hateful person. I have a hateful person that I have been learning to deal with. Being a Christian I turn to the Bible to seek the answers to the questions I ask. Do I argue with them? Do I talk back? How do I go about working with someone who is difficult and hateful?

So here we go:

Speak With Respect

The Bible says that we should speak with love even if it is a tense situation. Love and respect should be out guide. You can be kind and firm when it is necessary.

Ephesians 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

Follow the Pattern in Matthew 18:15-17

I know this pattern is mainly talking about conflict among believers but it can be done when dealing with conflict among you and nonbelievers. First you go privately to the one with whom the problem is. Secondly, you take a few people as witness with you so that you can establish the facts and you can get away from all that “he said she said” nonsense. If you cannot resolve this issue you need to take the issue to the proper authority (boss, supervisor, whatever).

Sometimes You Need To Walk Away

Sometimes it may be better for you to walk away both mentally and physically from an argument. You need to stop dwelling on it. There are things that are worth fighting for and others that are not worth your time.

Their Argument May Not Be With You

As humans we may take our frustrations out on the wrong people. This may not make them being hateful toward better but it will make your burden lighter knowing that you are not the problem. They may be having a hectic, stressful day and take it out on you.

Ultimately: Treat People With Love

Love and respect is the best way to deal with people. Treat them with respect and love and they may feel conviction to see why you act in such a way.

Remember God will fight for you and with you.

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