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Day 50: Dealing With Annoying People

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, February 19th, 2016
Leviticus 7:28-9:6
Mark 3:31-4:25
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming. – Ps 37:13

There will always be annoying people in your life, who just seem to serve as a drain on your time and energy. There will always be impatient people in your life, who cut into your lane at the last possible second on your morning commute to work. There will always be downright mean people in your life, who seem to have it out for you, even if you never did anything to them at all! We shouldn’t be surprised these types of people exist; we should, however, be prepared to deal with them.

God invites us to deal with all mean, annoying, and abrasive people in exactly the same way: LAUGH! God laughs at the wicked. That should be our response as well! Why do we let the silly actions of other people affect our day? This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118:24)!

When someone offends us, we love to think that we have the “right” to get upset, and react however we want. But if someone gets you upset to the point that you act on that anger, they are in control of your emotions; not you! Stop and retake control of your emotions. Let the offense roll off your shoulders. You are calm and confident. You are a child of God. God is in control of your emotions, and the joy of the Lord is your strength!

Paul’s instructions to the church at Rome still stand for us today: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves…for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Rom 12:19). You don’t need to take a stand for yourself: invite God to stand up for you. You don’t need to say something in response: God will level the playing field. You don’t need to get anyone back for anything: God is the Lord, and He will repay!


Father, I am not going to let anyone ruin my day. You created this day and filled it with opportunity. You created me to joyfully seize that opportunity and live up to my potential. You are my strength!

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