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Staying Unstuck From Sticky People

Staying Unstuck From Sticky People

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A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.
A message by Daniel A. Brown, PhD, while he was senior pastor at The Coastlands, Aptos Foursquare Church. For more information, please visit our website at http://ctw.coastlands.org/.

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Staying Unstuck From Sticky People

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STAYING
UNSTUCK
FROM
STICKY
 PEOPLE

Colossians 3:12-15

by
Daniel
A.
Brown,
PhD


“So,
as
those
who
have
been
chosen
of
God,
holy
and
beloved,
put
on
a
heart
 of
 compassion,
 kindness,
 humility,
 gentleness
 and
 patience;
 bearing
 with
 one
 another,
 and
 forgiving
 each
 other,
 whoever
 has
 a
 complaint
 against
 anyone;
just
as
the
Lord
forgave
you,
so
also
should
you.
Beyond
all
these
 things
put
on
love
which
is
the
perfect
bond
of
unity.
Let
the
peace
of
Christ
 rule
 in
 your
 hearts,
 to
 which
 indeed
 you
 were
 called
 in
 one
 body;
 and
 be
 thankful.”
Colossians
3:12‐15
 Conflict
 with
 fellow
 humans
 is
 almost
 inevitable
 in
 a
 fallen
 world.
 Certain
 individuals
 are
 more
 difficult
 to
 get
 along
 with
 than
 others.
 So
 do
 we
 just
 write
 some
relationships
off?
What
sort
of
advice
does
the
Bible
offer
on
how
to
navigate
 relationships
 with
 prickly
 people?
 Here
 are
 ten
 reminders
 that
 will
 help
 us
 stay
 unstuck
from
sticky
people:
 • It
is
sometimes
impossible
to
be
on
“good
terms”
with
a
person.

 • There
 are
 times
 when
 the
 best
 course
 is
 to
 flee,
 and
 to
 cut
 off
 the
 relationship.
 • Part
 of
 the
 problem
 in
 a
 relationship
 may
 very
 likely
 be
 how
 my
 “stuff”
 interacts
with
their
“stuff.”


Daniel
A.
Brown,
PhD


ctw.coastlands.org


Staying Unstuck From Sticky People

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 • Few
 people
 wake
 up
 wanting
 to
 be
 difficult
 or
 unreasonable;
 their
 patterns
of
life
probably
reflect
some
wounding
or
distortion
that
pains
 them.
 • Since
 our
 warfare
 is
 not
 primarily
 against
 “flesh
 and
 blood,”
 some
 of
 people’s
behavior
and
personality
is
spiritual
in
nature.
 • Despite
what
I
may
think,
“I
 really
 do
 not
 want
 anyone
 to
get
 what
 they
 deserve.”
 • There
can
be
only
one
standard
for
how
debtors
are
to
be
treated.
 • God’s
 grace
 and
 affection
 are
 fairly
 indiscriminate—poured
 out
 on
 all
 people,
regardless
of
their
initiative
or
response.
 • God’s
 kindness
 leads
 us
 to
 repentance.
 More
 real
 change
 in
 people
 will
 result
from
kindness
and
mercy,
than
from
harshness
and
anger.
 • It
is
only
possible
to
have
relationship
with
a
person,
not
with
what
that
 person
has
done
to
us.
 


Daniel
A.
Brown,
PhD


ctw.coastlands.org


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