Sandpaper People

Radio Hostess: Renee Swope

Contributing Writer: Renee Swope

Has someone ever rubbed you the wrong way? Hi, I'm Renee Swope with Proverbs 31 Ministries. Difficult people are one of life’s realities! But they can also be God's way of giving us hope. I know what you're thinking - how can God use people who bring pain in my life to give me hope?

In her book, Sandpaper People, Mary Southerland says God uses abrasive people to grind off our rough edges and make us more like Him. When we go to God with our troubled relationships and ask Him for help, He teaches us how to endure difficulties. Endurance teaches us patience and the Bible says patience gives us stronger character, and character produces – you guessed it - hope!

So, if someone has rubbed you the wrong way, ask God to use that difficulty to make you stronger and, then, let the hurt draw you closer to Him. If you'd like help dealing with the sandpaper people in your life, visit

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