As I ran an errand one day, the person working behind the counter was very rude to me. I tried to lighten the mood, but they weren’t having it. I told them I was just trying to make them smile, and they said, “I smile all the time!” ….Uhhhhh, but they weren’t smiling. I don’t know, maybe this person was going through something.
We all have those days…you know, days that we don’t even want to be bothered with encouraging words! Right?
Some days you don’t want to hear, “It’s going to get better!”
Some days you don’t want to hear, “It won’t always be like this!”
Some days you don’t want to hear, “This too will pass…”
Some days you don’t want to hear, “It’s gonna be alright!”
Some days, you just don’t want to hear it…even when you believe it…you just aren’t in the mood!
We all get frustrated and aggregated sometimes…
People will get on our nerves and try our patience…
People will be rude and disrespectful to us…
Sometimes we will have every right to be upset…
Our challenge as Christians is to respond in the SPIRIT OF LOVE. We can’t allow the worst in people, or situations to bring the worst out in us.
As Galatians 6:1 says we are to restore others in the spirit of meekness.
We are to be humble, long-suffering and patient. Yes, there will be times that we are to be assertive, but we are to remain in God’s character and love in that assertiveness.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says it best…
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs”.
Even if you don’t want to hear this today, put it in your pocket for later…
We must remember that even in our frustration, we always represent God, and it’s our responsibility to always operate in His love.
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