When driving down the freeway last week, an aggressive, apparently angry driver zoomed around me, braked in front of me, then, continued to slow far below the speed limit. When I changed lanes to pass him, he sped up to prevent me. I decided then, I was not about to play his ‘game.’
Our responses matter. Life is not a game with a goal to ‘beat’ our ‘opponent.’ Believers answer to a higher calling. The apostle Paul wrote, “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).
Pride and egos need set aside. Our response may require us to simply bow out of an antagonistic situation or humbly answer with a word of kindness. “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful” (2 Timothy 2:24) whether driving, sharing on social media, or conversing in public or our own home. Instead of answering ‘in kind,’ may we respond with kindness.
Amen. Respond with kindness. We don’t have to respond in anger when we encounter someone who is acting with anger. Thank you for this reminder to show kindness.
Thank you for your kind words.
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