Today we participated in a craft show for the holidays. As soon as we got to the location we noticed that other people were setting up their crafts in our spot. So we approached them in a calm manner asking them if they were sure they were in the right location. With a quick snap of the tongue they were very rude and upset that I would dare ask them anything. I showed them a map of where the vendors were suppose to be. Lets just say they were not happy that they had to move. I would have gladly took another place, but I needed to know where to put my things. I was calm, polite and tried to ask politely, but was snapped out by the other vendors. Finally after seeing the map they moved their items to the correct location.
The thing is that we should never try to be hostile in our response to others. As a Christian we need to watch our tongue. Deep down I just wanted to snap back and say, that I wasn’t the one who put my stuff in the wrong spot. Instead I held my tongue and said that I would move, but needed to know what location they were suppose to be at, so I would know where to take my things. I really don’t know how I could have responded without some kind of resentment from them. To show that there wasn’t any resentment on my part, I bought one of their items later in the day.
Sometimes it isn’t necessary what you say to people, sometimes people are just a little quick and hasty to lash out at others. Sometimes people may be having a bad day, not feeling well, or maybe they didn’t sleep good the night before. It doesn’t really matter why people react the way they do; it matters how we respond back to them. We are suppose to be the example. We are suppose to be the light to the world; just as Jesus was.
It is human nature for someone to want to strike back at someone when they are offended. I didn’t say it is the right thing to do, but usually the first thing a person wants to do is get even. No one likes to be mocked, ridiculed or hurt by someone else. One thing that a Christian must work on is self control. They should present themselves to others as a Christian and not as someone who is worldly. Christians should not retaliate against others but have forgiveness. Lets look at examples in the Bible to show us how we should act.
- Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
- 1 Peter 3:9 says, “Not rendering evil for evil, or…
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