Most people are easy enough to get along with. They have their faults just like we have ours.
But there's a small percentage of people I'll call "prickly."
They're the ones who can put a negative spin on just about anything. They expect grace but give criticism. Often they're stingy, ungrateful, and self-focused.
If we're not careful, they can suck the life out of us.
It would be great to simply avoid them, but often they're in our family, workplace or church, so we can't.
But we can deal with them Biblically:
1. Forgive them (Colossians 3:13).
2. Realize peace is not completely possible with them (Romans 12:18).*
3. Don't become prickly ourselves
(3 John 3:11).
4. Focus on good people (Philippians 4:8).
Prickly people can actually have an important function in our lives by refining and strengthening our character (Romans 8:28).
* This passage tells us to live as peace with each other as far as it depends on us. That means we can only do our best. And our best won't be good enough for some prickly people who are irrational, narcissistic, self-centered, or uncaring.