We all encounter difficult people from time to time. You might even have someone that just came to mind at the mention of the word “difficult.” But have you ever thought that the person might be in your life for a reason? Maybe they are in your life to help you become stronger and rise up higher. Maybe they are there so that you can show them love and help them heal from past hurts. You may never know what God is doing behind the scenes, but we should always look for ways to keep peace in our relationships and give God the opportunity to move in and through us.
One way to keep peace and overcome negativity in relationships is by finding some common ground with the other person. Whether it’s a difficult family member, a hard-to-get-along-with co-worker, or an unhappy person you encounter at the grocery store, if you make the effort, you can find common ground and actually get along with most people. It may take a little practice and creativity, but the end result is worth it!
Finding common ground can be just about anything. Maybe you both went to the same college, enjoy the same hobby, or like the same foods. Maybe you both like animals, have a mutual friend, or shop at the same shoe store. It might be something as simple as having the same color nail polish! The point is that when you find common ground with someone, it turns the interaction in a positive direction that will help you both see eye to eye.
Sometimes, finding common ground means saying nothing at all and simply smiling so you can stand on the common ground of peace. This is especially true when you’re in a conversation with someone whose views you don’t share. Sometimes you have to let go of your need to be heard, or your need to be right, for the sake of peace.
Remember, God has called us to live in peace and avoid strife. If you aren’t sure how to find common ground with someone, just ask Him! He’ll give you wisdom, He’ll give you the words to say, and He’ll help you keep peace when you put Him first in all that you do. Always let the peace of God rule in your heart and drive negativity out of your relationships!
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14, NIV).