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How I Respond

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

– Luke 6:27,28

Not long ago, I was driving on the freeway at a good speed and saw a guy in a pickup truck barreling down, weaving in and out of traffic. He then abruptly veered in front of my car, cutting me off to get on another freeway. Because I’m a Christian and a pastor I never flip people off! However, there is something you can do; you can give drivers a big thumbs down, and say, “BOO! BOO!” So, I did this to the driver and he looked at me, flipped me off, and to this I said, “BOO!” It’s not as striking, but it gets the job done. 

As I continued driving down the road, I was feeling angry and frustrated. I thought to myself, why am I still feeling this way and allowing this guy to ruin my morning? Then I prayed, and said, “Lord, I don’t want to feel this way.” A couple of weeks later, I was driving along, and a lady pulled up yelling at me, flipping me off. Instead of saying, “BOO, BOO, you’re the worst!” I simply said, “Oh, I’m so sorry.” And she looked at me and she mouthed, “Oh, it’s okay, it’s okay.”

Friend, I’m done with letting people have it. How about you? I want to have faith that God will take care of these situations. I don’t need to sort it out, tell it like it is, or fix people. It’s our responsibility to trust the Lord in all things. The whole world will open up to you and things will be much better.

Prayer


Father, I ask for faith to trust every aspect of my life to you. Help me to see correct responses to the frustrations of others.

Reflection


How do you respond when others make you feel frustrated or angry? Do you trust that God can fix other people?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

One thought on “How I Respond

  1. Dee Jacobson says:

    The Lord’s Prayer says “…Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
    against us.” So I try to be forgiving, not angry ……

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