I had a quick question that I've noticed about me. Mainly, how does one live like Christ (show love, mercy, kindness, etc.) to others without being a pushover? Is it even possible? Or will it happen, and you must just live it with it.
I ask because I've noticed this in relationships I have with friends, co-workers, etc. It seems that the nicer you are to some people, the more you try to talk to them, relate to them, love them, the more they don't like you. I realize that some people may have psychological issues and push any sort of love out, but for the average person how should one live?
This is especially important for me as a younger guy. I've noticed a trend with young men to be "tough" and put up defenses right away. I don't and haven't ever been like this. Because of a good nature, they reject you as weak and a sissy.
So, how does one live like Christ without having people walk all over you? I'm not talking about letting people take blatatnt, direct advantage of you, but so they can see Christ working through you in a loving but not pushover sort of way?