1. I was very relieved to learn that although we are called to love everyone (behave in a manner that demonstrates love), we are not called to like everyone. I was feeling guilty because there was a woman at my church whose personality rubbed me the wrong way. I kept trying to like her, all to no avail. My husband asked me if I loved her. In other words, would I be willing to help her if need be, pray for her, serve her? I said yes, absolutely! “Then you don’t have to like her,” he said, “just love her.” Whew! What a relief!

    1. Thanks Judith. I never really looked at it from another perspective but yes, some of these same principles could be applied in other situations. Thanks for chiming in.

  2. Great advice! Oh yes, if you’re in ministry you will meet someone like this. One of the things I have seen is that sometimes someone’s greatest passion or strength is also their greatest weakness.

    They are so passionate about their ministry that they struggle with accepting that any other ministry could be equally or as important, so it can be difficult to share facilities, etc., with them. They can be very protective.

    It can also be difficult for them to communicate without getting angry or upset whenever they feel that someone or something is interfering with how they feel things should be done.

    We all need to work together within the Body of Christ and my weakness might be your strength, and so I need to be gracious and let you do what you’re good at, and let YOU do what God has called you to do….and stay out of your way, lol! And vice versa.

    Thanks for hosting today!

    1. Momstheword,
      Oh yes, the passionate woman! I totally know what you’re saying and I definitely agree with all that you shared. Thanks!

    1. Ha! ‘My bought’ wisdom. You’re too funny Melinda. Yeah, that so-called ‘bought’ wisdom has come at a great price….my flesh had to be put to death! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. This is really what I needed to hear. Oh so helpful in what I am going through. Thank you for being such a blessing.

  4. Thank you, Jolene! This is a wise article- and it can apply to different situations as well!

  5. i really want to know,how to handle a ministry when you are married. cos the ministry was given to you by God before you got married

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