Handling Hardship and Difficult People

by Greg Laurie on May 26, 2019

In this webcast, pastor, and teacher Greg Laurie shares a message from Romans 12 in our “Sunday Morning” series titled “Handling Hardship and Difficult People” at Harvest Christian Fellowship at Riverside California.

Sermon Notes

Did you know that Persecution is alive and well? Christians and Christianity are the most persecuted in the world. Persecution is a confirmation you are a child of God. If you are not persecuted, something is seriously wrong. The Bible says “Bless those who persecute you.” The Greek word for bless means, “to speak well of.”


If you are persecuted, make sure it is for the right reasons. What happens after we die?

  • Weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice.
  • There is a time for a sermon, and there is a time to just be with someone.
  • Try to get along with people as much as possible.
  • When you are hurt or wronged, let God settle the score, not you.

Our job is to forgive; God’s job is to avenge. You set a prisoner free when you forgive someone … yourself! We should seek to influence those that are in power with the gospel. The Hebrew midwives were commanded by Pharaoh to kill Jewish baby boys; they too refused. Despite the fact that we are under attack in so many ways, we must get perspective.


  • Romans 12:14–21
  • Romans 12
  • 2 Timothy 3:12
  • Mark 14:33–3
  • Job 2:12–13
  • Romans 13:1–2


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