Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Have you ever experienced road rage? I was traveling one day and had to get onto an interstate. Although I thought I was moving at the pace of the other vehicles, I pulled in front of someone who wasn’t very pleased with me.
Once he got around me, he moved back over in my lane and slowed down. Next thing I knew, here came a cheeseburger out of his window and it plastered on my windshield! It only stayed there a few seconds before it flew off, but it did leave some ketchup and mustard behind.
It seems very funny now, but at the time it really startled me. I felt I had done nothing wrong and yet someone openly exhibited anger toward me.
We live in a world where it doesn’t seem to take a lot for people to become angry. It’s hard to live a godly life, exhibit godly behavior, while we are being attacked. Yet as Christians, we are to speak kind words instead of attacking others.
But how can we do these things? Especially when we think we have been the one wronged?
It’s not always easy to be patient and kind with others. When we fail to respond with love toward others around us, we leave marks on them, just like ketchup and mustard on a windshield. When we respond with godly behavior, we not only are exhibiting the love of Christ toward others, we are keeping the “windshields” of our heart and life clean before Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father, Sometimes it’s really hard to not respond with anger when I am attacked. Help me to remember to allow You to live in and through me in every situation I may face. When someone shows me anger, may I respond in kindness. When someone treats me with malice, may I respond with compassion. Help me to exhibit Your love to all and keep my heart clean before You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.