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Let’s face it. As much as we want to display the fruit of the spirit 100 percent of the time, some drama-starting folks make it really hard not come out of character and snap.

But as a Christian woman, you’re expected to display the light of Christ, even when dealing with petty, mean girls (who come in all ages, by the way). How can you do it? Here are 8 biblical ways guaranteed to work every time!

1. Counter their hate with kindness. Proverbs 25:22 NIV says, when you’re kind to those who do you wrong, “In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.”

When enemies, fake friends and troublemaking-women come for you and try to stir up trouble in your life, even if you want to go off, here’s a better idea. Do something kind. Is that hard? Yes. But the Bible prescribes a hefty dose of kindness and love. It will burn them up, so don’t look for appreciation. After all, Scripture says God—not that person—will reward you for countering their hate with kindness. And we already know, His rewards are the most amazing of all.

2. Seriously pray for them. Matthew 5:44 NIV says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

That doesn’t mean pray that your haters get hit by a bus, either! No, really intercede for those who keep stirring up mess. Ask God to work on them and heal whatever is broken inside. Because anyone who goes out of their way to make your life that miserable is dealing with some serious personal issues. Trust and believe that.

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source: Empowering Everyday Women // Spiritual

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