Boy, that title even rhymes! The Bible is full of bizarre, do the opposite of your natural inclination and it will work, suggestions.
Choose to walk two miles when forced to walk one!
When struck on one cheek, do not defend or counter-attack. Roll with it and try to find out where the attack is coming from!
When badly used–do good to the user!
The first shall be last and the last shall be first.
Rejoice when persecuted-you are in good company.
etc. etc. etc.
When others pick a fight and you recognize a fool trying to mess with you. Do not respond to the topic that they have picked, ie. “Why does a good god allow evil?” or “How can he allow little children to suffer?” Instead, say “In my life I’ve always found that when I ask questions like that it is because there is SIN in me and I don’t want to deal with it. Or it is because I want to be my own god. I wonder if there is some sin or desire to be seen as wise and in control that you are struggling with and so you ask these questions?” Or “those are great questions, maybe we could get together and try to see what God’s word has to say about it. So the approach is “we are more alike than you think and whether you agree with me or not I like you and want to be in relationship with you.
Lois and I have paid a big price because our son William decided to live the homosexual life. We said that we had to disagree with his choices, based on God’s word, but we loved him and he was our son and we wanted to be part of his life. He, however, said that if we did not agree with his views then he would never talk to us or relate to us.
My daughter Cheri has a blog – christianscience4kids – and is somewhat bothered by heathen attacking her. More bothersome are the “Christians” that fight for the theory that God created over billions of years through quintillions of miserable deaths. Cheri has to DISAGREE but is kind and willing to relate–but they are not. Also bothersome are the Christians who believe the truth but attack and treat like dirt, those who disagree with them.
I once got up in church to share from God’s word that in the end times there would be people who knew that God had spoken all things into existence but because of their lust, (desire to argue and control) would argue for unchanging forces that work slowly over vast spaces of time. A gentleman came up to me and said rather loudly, “So you are saying that we who believe in God guided evolution and lustful? I replied that I was not saying anything but simply quoting 2 Peter 3:3-15 “Well!” He declared, “This discussion is over” He then marched away. What discussion? He did like to argue and was probably afraid to stop and look at the Word. I would have loved to help him walk away from a (knowledge puffs up) approach to a (knowledge with Agape) brings wisdom approach. He gave me no opening.
Jesus prayed, “Father don’t take them out of the world just keep them from sin while they are in the world.” Whatever the heathen do, we Christians should agree to disagree and still like and love and relate to others that disagree if they will let us. If we must suffer, let us suffer for being right with a good attitude not for being right with a bad attitude