Respond with Kindness

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.

About Arrow

Hi and welcome! My pen name is Arrow. The word “arrow” intrigues me because it has two meanings that describe my passions. One, it is an instrument used intentionally to reach a target, and two, it shows the way. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my goals are to live for Him, lead others to Him, and glorify the Heavenly Father. I pray that the stories, poems, song lyrics, and devotional thoughts I share on this website will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit and aligned with the truths found in God’s Word. My hope is that the words may penetrate your heart and point the way to a closer relationship with the Savior. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Experiencing what God has in store is bound to be exciting! May you be blessed! ~ Arrow
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2 Responses to Respond with Kindness

  1. mimionlife says:

    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.


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