How Would God Have Us Deal with Difficult People?

Jan 26, 2014
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: CW 81 (alt. TLH 126); 411; 127
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, as I enter Your presence this day, I pray that You would bless me with the presence and power of Your Holy Spirit.  Remind me of Your mercy and forgiveness upon which my future depends.  Then grant me patience as I deal with my fellow Christians and all with whom I come into contact.  As I deal with the difficult people in my life, may I respond to them with humility and grace, so that they might be led to glorify Your name and experience Your blessing.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 97

First Reading: 

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Life is seldom easy!  Paul, however, informs us that from the very beginning God has chosen us “for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”  Yes, life is difficult at times, but we are to stand fast in the truths of God rejoicing in His grace and relying upon His help!

Second Reading: 

John 4:27-42

The woman at Jacob’s well was not well-respected by her fellow townspeople, but she shared her message about Jesus with those who made her life difficult.  They were curious, came to meet Jesus, and were led to believe that He was “the Christ, the Savior of the world.”