Dealing with a difficult relationship can be one of life’s most challenging struggles.
Having faith, hope, and love toward God and others is essential for working through this conflict. God calls followers of Christ to love others just as God has loved you. This means sometimes sacrificing your wants and feelings for those of others.
However, if you are dealing with a difficult relationship that involves mental, physical, or emotional harm or abuse, then the Bible makes it clear to put your safety and wellbeing first.
Remember this when dealing with a difficult relationship
Regardless of the conflict, God urges you to pray for healing, and treat others how you want to be treated.
God sees the good in you like a diamond in the rough. It is reassuring that when you are in conflict, God still loves you and the person with whom you are in conflict.
1. For those who lack trust in God’s plan
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Trusting in God while dealing with a difficult relationship might seem impossible, but this is when you must lean on your faith, hope, and love. Submit to God by praying to Him for relief in your painful relationship, and ask Him to guide you and the other person to lasting resolution.
2. For those struggling with greedy behavior
“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” – Luke 12:15
It can be easy to judge others in their greed. Everyone, however, experiences greed to some extent. If you have a conflict with someone you perceive to be greedy, then pray for humility for them, and gently remind them that we must all leave behind our possessions at the end of our lives.
3. For those trying to be more patient and gentle
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1
It can be easy to try to get the last word in an argument. Sometimes your mouth moves faster than your mind, and you end up saying something you regret. Take your time while speaking when someone tests your patience. Choose your words wisely.
4. For those who need to feel comforted
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” – Psalm 46:10
How wonderful it is that God wants to take on you struggles, fears, and conflicts. Rest in the peace that He will handle your tribulations, and praise Him for being so good.
5. For those who have a sharp tongue
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21
It can be easy to say something too harsh. Scriptures on healing speak to the importance of words and that the wrong words can leave lasting damage. Speak life into others, not death. Reinforce people you love with words of kindness.
6. For those who need a positive focus
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1
Focusing on the promise of eternity in heaven can make our earthly conflicts seem miniscule. Set your sights on living a godly life and having faith, hope, and love toward everyone, and you will live fully and righteously.
7. For those who have forgotten, Jesus struggled with mankind too
“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” – Isaiah 53:3
It may be difficult to imagine that the perfect Son of God dealt with difficulties in relationships, but he was rebuked, abused, laughed at, and scorned throughout his life. Jesus knows what you experience when you suffer, and he wants you never to feel alone in you pain.
8. For those who need to remember that everyone has different strengths
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
When in conflict, it is easy to blame the other person for their faults. Instead of pointing out another’s shortcomings, how powerful would it be to speak love and grace into their gifts and goodness?
9. For those who need help with finding direction
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
Worrying about a disagreement can harm your spirit. Think instead of the amazing, wonderful, and peaceful things in your life, and it will shape how you act and react toward others.
10. For those who could use a light at the end of the tunnel
“Not only so, but we also glory in the sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” – Romans 5:3-4
Dealing with a difficult relationship may at times feel hopeless. The struggles you encounter now, however, sharpen your character for later.
For more verses
Do not face your problems alone. Explore more verses like these through free online Bible courses that can uplift you and help improve your relationships. Contact Getting to Know Your Bible today for more information!