Have you ever had someone hurt your feelings and you really, really wanted to pout about it? Then your big girl panties start digging in and it reminds you that you’re too old to be walking around with your bottom lip sticking out so far you just might trip over it. Unfortunately, pouty face doesn’t garner the same response when you’re in your 30s as it did when you were 2.
So, what is a nice Christian to do when someone triggers that childlike reaction: pull-up your britches, wipe your nose and whip out the Word.
In Luke 6 verse 29 we are told if someone smacks us in the face, we should turn and offer them the other side as well. But not only that, if they steal our coat we should take off our shirt and hand it over as well! Now imagine your elementary school self, someone smacks you in the face or steals your stuff and you likely would have done one of two things: hit them back or went crying & screaming to tattle to the teacher. Here we are in grown-up bodies and we are faced with the same issues with the same inclination to fight back. A harsh comment gets thrown out in your direction & it feels like a slap in the face. Your gut reaction is to offer an even more vicious counter remark or whine to God about how unfairly you are being treated. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that ain’t how good Christian folk are supposed to behave.
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.”
(Luke 6:27-28 NLT)
“Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.”
(Colossians 3:13 The Message)
The next time you feel a younger, more immature version of your self trying to creep out to fight your battles for you, remember that as children of God we are called to be set apart, a holy people devoted to Him, living for Him and honoring Him with ALL of our actions.