We, all of us, can be unreasonable at times. Some much more than others. Most of us manage to examine our consciences, formally or informally, and try to correct our course and make better decisions in the future. There are those who play well with others, and there are those, however, who want others to bow down at the altars of their egos.
What about those really odd and very unsettling confrontations when, given your every attempt to be reasonable, another person or persons' actions make life a circus or a dungeon? Do you retreat with your tail between your legs? Do you grab an imaginary chair and whip to fend off a rabid dog? Do you give them your coat and go the extra mile? Do you shake the dust off your feet and leave that place in peace? Some courses of action are appropriate for Christians to take. Others are, most certainly, not appropriate.
The path to resilience.
resilience (n.) 1620s, "act of rebounding," from Latin resiliens, present participle of resilire "to rebound, recoil," from re- "back" + salire "to jump, leap". "Elasticity" (1824).
Being immersed in prayer disposes oneself to God. God's grace will give one confidence and clarity of mind that enables one to become most excellently resilient in the face of adversity. When we give our trust to Jesus, He does not disappoint. He leads us through the darkest valley past the wicked behaviour of men and women who know not what they are doing. He leads us to the promised land of His truth, goodness and beauty, for He—Jesus Christ—is the way, the truth and the life.
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?—Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans 8:31
Psalm 43 (42) forms the core of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar of the Mass (Extraordinary Form and Ordinariate Divine Worship). It can be an immense source of consolation. Pray the Psalm slowly and trust in the mercy, love, protection and justice of God!
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from deceitful and unjust men deliver me! For thou art the God in whom I take refuge; why hast thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Oh send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to thy holy hill and to thy dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise thee with the lyre, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.