Be slow to anger, love one another…..
Have you ever met someone who knows exactly how to push your buttons? What about that person that tries to provoke you to anger? Better yet, the one waitress who said something passive aggressively to you, and it burned you up on the inside? I so understand your pain, but at the end of the day, we all have to walk in love towards one another. Honestly when you think about, it’s only right, I mean, how many times have we done something ridiculous, or that wasn’t righteous or holy and God still forgave us? The word says “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy” (Psalm 103:8), and I am so thankful for that. God said for us to be holy, for he is holy, so therefore we need to walk in the same mercifulness and love that he has given.
I don’t know about your life, but just let’s say that I can assume that I know a little about you. I can’t probably even count how many people have lied on you, talked about you, cheated on you, mistreated you, or disrespected you. Sometimes, well in most cases, you hadn’t even done anything with the intention of hurting that person, or group of people, though you were the one being attacked. Situations like this are the most difficult to deal with, and quite frankly test your faith level. At this point you have two options to make, either 1.) Treat them the way they are treating you or, 2.) Keep the peace, and treat them how you would want to be treated. What would Jesus do?
I know you say “Daralynn, these people are crazy, they talk about me, their rude to me, and the only way for me to stay sane is to beat them at their own game.” Well, the bible says differently. “Let all bitterness and indignation, and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (Anger animosity) and quarreling (Brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil –speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (Spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving hearted) forgiving one another (readily and freely), as God in Christ forgave you.” (Eph 4:31-32). We have to trust that if God asks us to be good to the ones who treat us wrong, how much more will he honor our commitment to following his word?
God never promised that we wouldn’t have any troubles. He never promised that life would be perfect, he never promised that we would instantly be rich either. Though, what he did promise was that whatever issue we had, all we needed to do was seek him about it (Matthew 6:33), He did promise that if we didn’t get weary in well doing that we would reap a harvest if we didn’t give up (Gal 6:9), he did say that he came to give us life and life more abundantly. So, all in all I say, we definitely have a choice, we can either continue to let people or things get us upset, be in unforgiveness, and hold grudges, or we can pray, trust Gods word, and know that during the times where we feel like we are being attacked we can lean on the fact that God is our protector, our shield, our friend, and when we seek him about the right move to make, or the exact action to take, that he will lead us and guide us into all truth.