Jesus tells us to “love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34 NIV). It sounds wonderful, loving everyone like Jesus loves you. But oftentimes, the reality of living this way is more challenging or can seem impossible, because many people are just hard to love.
You probably know about this from personal experience. Maybe it’s an unfriendly coworker, a nosy neighbor, someone in your family, or an ex-husband or ex-wife. And these days, social media or other internet outlets are common sources of hostile communication. Whatever your situation may be, God wants to help you love others as He loves you—even the ones who are hardest to love.
In this book, Joyce Meyer shares practical wisdom from the Bible and her personal experiences about overcoming the obstacles to loving difficult people. You’ll discover how to be a peacemaker in tense or even volatile circumstances, become a person who is not easily offended, and know when to adapt yourself to others, as well as the secret to loving like Jesus when it seems impossible to do so.
With God’s help, you can turn frustrating interactions into pleasant ones and bring peace that puts out the fires of strife when arguments flare. You don’t have to live under a cloud of intimidation or dread dealing with people, whether they are acquaintances or those who are closest to you. When you learn how to love like Jesus, you’ll be free to love people who are hard to love!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I'm a retired Mom and Gran. I love Jesus, Bible studies, reading, and I dabble in gardening.
Name of Book:
Loving People Who Are Hard To Love
What drew you to read this book?:
To be honest, I have never been a Joyce Meyer fan - I cannot say exactly why - just something about her doesn't sit well with me. So, when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I thought, 'OK, but I'm not going to enjoy it!'.
What impact did this book have on your life?:
Having now read it, with as much of an open mind as I could muster, I must admit I have been pleasantly surprised.
In a paragraph, what is the main point of this book?:
The title speaks for itself and the conversational tone of the writing makes for a rather enjoyable read. It speaks to people in all walks of life and Joyce gives many practical tips on how to approach loving the unlovable, be it a family member, a friend or colleague. The bottom line is, love God, have faith in His love for you, dig into His Word and there is all the help you need!
Who would benefit from reading this book?:
One of the major 'take away' for me was the statement 'Make sure that you yourself are not the one who is hard to love.'!! Give this book a read and enjoy!
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