Wednesday, June 27, 2012
KEEP BEING NICE EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE IT
Has anyone ever been mean and nasty to you? Could be a friend, a stranger, a family member, someone you work with, a passing rude motorist, or perhaps a boss. You humanly just get so angry you feel justified wanting to tell them off. First of all if you don't gain some self control and you end up spouting off to your employer you could likely be fired. It is best in all situations to hold your tongue. What good will getting your way or getting the last word do anyway? Do you want to stoop to the level of the person hurting you with mean words or actions or rise above it? This takes practice but to maintain the peace that Christ wants you to have it is best to overlook an offense.
The scenario of lawsuits comes to mind. Let's say someone did something to you or a family member and you want to get back at them. You decide to hire an attorney and seek damages. Isn't it best just to let things go? I know of someone who could have pursued a defamation of character lawsuit to get back at their reputation being damaged but chose the 'high road' of letting it go. "But what they did to me is not right" you might say. "They killed my family member because of bad driving and I want them to suffer" is a common response. Why not let it go and let God heal and try to forgive? "But wait, they stole my idea and got the credit" you might say. Once again what will you really achieve other than more anger and bitterness by trying to get even and settle the score. Best to let it go.
In an argument someone has to be the one to end it. Why keep just trying to get the last word?
James 1:19-20 are two great verses to commit to memory. They say "My dear brothers take note of this, everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. For man's anger does not bring about the the righteousness life God desires."
Seek to be a peacemaker. Your life and those people around you will be better off because of you seeking peace instead of chaos. John 14:27 says "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
PRAYER: Lord give me the strength I need to overlook an offense, be kind to mean people and to seek peace and harmony instead. Give me the ability to love those who are unlovable and to walk in peace. In Jesus name. Amen.