"Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble... Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But, even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed...in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."
1 Peter 3:8, 13-16
When we are faced with difficult people it can be really hard to do as the passage above says. When we have someone attacking us, it's our nature to go on the defensive and fight back. But, Christ calls us to a higher path:
When people are gossiping about us we are called to live in harmony with them.
When they purposely say things to cause us pain we are called to be sympathetic.
When others hate us we are called to love as brothers.
When we're speared with a sarcastic joke, we are called to be compassionate.
When we're criticized we are called to be humble.
When we're being insulted we are called to be gentle.
When we are mocked we are called to be respectful.
... and always, we are called to have the gospel on the tip of our tongue... ready to share the hope that lies within us.
Seem impossible? It is only possible because we have set Christ in our hearts... and with Him ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.