Part of the human experience is dealing with difficult people. Everyone at one point or another is going to deal with somebody that wants to steal our peace. Who wants to cause a fuss. Who is constantly offended. Who is looking for a reason to be difficult with you.
Our natural inclination is to push back. If they want a problem, then I'll give them one! It may feel good to give a foolish person a piece of our mind from time to time, but we actually become the fool when we do that.
Arguing and fighting and bickering is not what Christians are called on to do. We're called on to live in peace. We're called on to show love for our enemies. We're called on to be an example to others.
That doesn't mean the person yanking our chain isn't going to continue yanking on our chain. It doesn't mean our detractors and our enemies are suddenly going to become our friends. What it means is, we're just not going to let anybody steal our peace, and drag us off the path the Lord has placed us on.
~Todd E. Creason