With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
What is it about humility, gentleness, and patience that makes up the perfect “trifecta” when it comes to relationships?
What happens when one of the three is missing?
Why is it generally good to be kind to everyone, even those who anger or annoy us?
High Internalization Potential (HIP) Answer …
Anger does not require character assassination and annoyance doesn’t require contempt. We are far more likely to resolve our issues with difficult people if we keep our interactions with them kind (at least as it depends on us).
Of course, this can’t go on forever if the other person won’t budge. Even then, you can distance yourself from this individual without needing to be a jerk about it. And you’re likely to feel better about yourself if you’re considerate.