Leading difficult people often will make us angry or just irritated. Irritation, however small, is an indicator that we are judging people by our own standards rather than on righteousness. How should we lead irritating people? We should always lead according to the standard of righteousness.

What’s the solution? Humility. James phrases this as “receiving with meekness the implanted word,” meaning that we do not insist on our standard of what others ought to be but instead submit to the Bible, the record of God’s merciful heart toward His people. If God were as easily annoyed as we are, we’d all be in deep trouble.

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