What happens when you expect someone to treat YOU a certain way but their reaction isn’t what you wanted or isn’t done in the way that you wanted it done? Do you become furious and stalk away like Naaman? Does your pride tell you that you haven’t been treated with as much respect as you deserve? Do you feel slighted and insulted and use it as a license to behave badly yourself?
If so, you may have Naaman Syndrome.
Had Naaman’s people not told him he was acting irrationally, he would have probably died from the disease that was literally eating away at his body. All because he felt slighted, became furious, and stalked away in a rage (2 Kings 5:11-12).
What are you stalking away from?
A relationship with a family member?
If you are, check yourself first. Check to see if your reaction is truly justified or if you just aren’t getting the treatment you think you deserve. If your reaction is truly justified, then use Biblical and spiritual means to rectify it. Pray about it. Talk to the person you have taken issue with (unlike Naaman who just left). Do your best to be a peace loving person, even if it means you taking the first step towards reconciliation.
If you realize that your reaction may not be justified, there is hope. After Naaman’s people talked some sense into him (side note, if people come to you for advice in situations like these - be the friend that speaks truth to them and doesn’t fan the flames of irrationality), he ended up doing what the prophet asked of him and he was immediately healed. And in that healing, he recognized that there really was no other God other than Jehovah and he humbled himself and returned to the prophet Elisha offering his apologies and even tried to give him gifts (which the prophet declined).
Bottom line is don’t let your pride stand in the way of you receiving the healing that God is offering. You're only hurting yourself.
The story of Naaman can be read in 2 Kings 5:1-19