The bible speaks often to… “humble yourself and pray”. The problem is, people confuse “humble” with weak. This is far from the truth. It takes more strength to walk in love and in the Spirit than to let your flesh win and act out in anger. Often the things that make us angriest, don’t matter in the big scheme …
A woman in a fancy luxury car waited patiently in a crowded mall lot for a parking place to open up. She drove up and down between rows until finally she saw a man with a load of packages head for his car. She followed him and parked behind him, waiting… He finally got his car loaded and backed out. Just as she was preparing to pull forward into the space, a young man in a little sports car – coming from the opposite direction – whipped it into the space, got out of his car and started to walk away. The woman was livid! She shouted from her big fancy car, “Hey young man! I was waiting for that parking place!” The teenager responded, “Sorry lady, but that’s how it is when you are young and quick.” She instantly put her car in gear, floored it, and crashed into the sports car, crushing it’s rear fender. Now it was the young man’s turn to jump up and down shouting, “What are you doing?!?!” The woman calmly replied, “Well son, that’s how it is when you’re old and rich.” 🙈
Most of the world’s daily problems and conflicts could probably be resolved if, instead of retaliation and revenge, apologies were made all around.
Think about how that story above could’ve turned out differently… anger and rage left them both with waiting on a cop to get there instead of shopping and enjoying their day.
This will transcend into days where they will have to be inconvenienced with cars in the shop and rental cars.. their insurance rates will go up… how differently could their days have been if either one of them would’ve just “let it go”… if the young man had said “I’m sorry” and got in and backed out. If the older lady would’ve said “Well praise God I must need to walk a bit today..” and just found another spot. Either scenario would have reduced the drama, and would’ve been an example of walking in God’s love.
“If you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this,my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!” – Proverbs 6:2,3