Question: Yesterday, my future daughter-in-laws’ car broke down in the middle of a busy intersection at rush hour. She was afraid, not because the car broke but because of how horrible people treated her. Cars went fling by, flipping her off and yelling. She was helpless to move the car. People she did not know, cursed her. She is a delightful child of God. How can I help her understand what happened yesterday?
ANNswer; As Christians we often surround ourselves with like-minded people, as we should. (Ecclesiastes 4; 12) A Christian walking the walk, filling their souls with the love of God daily will most likely react with love when inconveniences happen. Yet, if someone is not filled with the love of God and an inconvenience happens the hatred and anger inside of them boils to the top and comes out in many ugly forms such as road rage. Compare this to an orange; if you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out. What we have inside of us will come out when we are squeezed. If someone reacts to us with anger and hatred, we as Christians can focus on God’s love inside of us, forgive that person and send them loving thoughts. Have empathy for the person with offensive behavior; if they can be so easily offended they must need God. Pray they will come to know the peace of Jesus Christ.
All we can do is fill ourselves with the love of God, so when we are squeezed love comes out. When others are clearly full of something else, we can pray for them and forgive them. We need to be careful to not allow unforgiveness and anger in our hearts.
Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinkith in his heart so shall he be.”
Be fit and be blessed,