In this sermon, part of a series on “God and My Work,” our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about how to cope with troublesome or cranky co-workers. Here are some excerpts:

“…What does God have to say about job stress related to people? Today we’re going to look at six principles on how to deal with personal conflict, or how to cope with cranky co-workers. Let me give you a few types of people that we sometimes meet in the work place…”

Six Principles for Dealing with Cranky Co-Workers

“…Now what does the Bible say about dealing with these kinds of people? Well, we’re going to look at six principles this morning…”

Four Actions

“…In Matthew 5:44 (King James Version) Jesus gives us four actions for dealing with people who antagonize us: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you.” You love them; you bless them; you do good to them; and you pray for them. Let me tell you a little secret. If you’ll do the last one first, the other three will come automatically. If you start praying for those people who irritate you on your job, or at home, or at school, it’s much easier to love them, and bless them, and do good to them; because you cannot pray for someone without having your own attitude eventually changed…”

When the world puts pressure on you at work, if you’re filled with love, love comes out. If you’re filled with anger, anger comes out. Whatever is inside always comes out when the pressure is applied…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

May 26, 1991

Romans 12:18

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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