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Keeping the Crazymakers from Making you Crazy

 

  • Six types of Crazymakers

    1. Demanding – Little Dictators—Bossy, Controlling, Insist on their way.
    2. Disapproving – Nitpickers—Picky, your best is never enough, Negative and judgmental, love to point out your mistakes.
    3. Deafening – Megaphones—Talkaholics, they absolutely love to argue.
    4. Destructive – Volcanoes—Blow up and explode, family in constant fear and tension.
    5. Discontented – Crybabies – Get their feelings hurt easily, Poor me syndrome, chronic complainers.
    6. Demeaning – Smart mouths – Bubble busters, love to deflate you, tear you down, rude and insulting, disrespectful, also insecure.

 

  • How to deal with difficult people.

    1. Refuse to be offended—don’t take it personally.
      1. When people are rude—they reveal who they are, not who you are. (Matthew 18:7, NKJV).
      2. We need to be very careful we are not doing the offending—and very careful we don’t let them offend us. (Proverbs 18:19, NKJV)
      3. Our worth does not come from what some person says to us or about us, but what God’s Word says to us and about us!
      4. Emotional and Spiritual maturity is demonstrated by how we treat those who mistreat or misunderstand us.
    2. Consider the source and ignore it. (Mark of Maturity) Proverbs 12:16, TEV; Ecclesiastes 10:12-13, GW; Proverbs 9:8-9, NKJV
    3. Consider why the person is so difficult—the more you understand about them the easier it is to show grace. (Proverbs 19:11, NIV; Proverbs 19:12, CEV)
      1. Most of the time there is a hurt behind the behavior—hurting people hurt people.
      2. The more you understand about their hurt, the easier it is to show grace. (Proverbs 19:11, NKJV)
      3. Refusing to be offended is a mark of true love. (Proverbs 10:12, CEV; 1 Peter 4:8, NLT)
    4. Don’t wait for an apology to forgive them. (Luke 23:34; NIV; Colossians 3:13, NLT)
      1. Never hold on to a hurt—resentment doesn’t hurt them, it is a poison we drink, hoping it hurts them.
      2. They are often responding to hidden pain. (Luke 23:34, NKJV; Colossians 3:13, NLT)
  • Example Jesus gave to Peter. (Matthew 18:21-35, NIV)

    1. There is no end to how many times we are to forgive someone.
    2. That does not mean keep putting ourselves in a place to get hurt and offended.
    3. When we ask God to forgive us—He totally cancels our debt—Nothing we can do to pay for it.
    4. It does not matter who you are, how many people you work for, you are still only a servant to the King of Kings.
    5. When we don’t forgive, when we allow what others do to us to offend us, we are in danger of getting paid back for all we have done.