Various people affect us in various ways. Some are life-taking. To be around them is to come away completely drained, defeated, and discouraged. No one has the luxury of avoiding such people all the time, or ministry wouldn’t happen. But it’s hard.
God’s enemies constantly paint an awful caricature of Him. They love to go to the extremes: a mean harsh, unloving God, or a soft, useless, impotent old man—like a glorified Santa Claus.