Unfortunately, this rudeness that seems uncalled for is happening more often amongst adults and children alike. We feel the need to rush to the next destination of our busy day. The red lights get on our last nerve and people seem that much more obnoxious early in the morning when we just want to be on our way. Hardly anyone takes the time to enjoy the rising sun, the birds singing, and their own families, to just be happy to be alive! It's no small thing! Our hearts are beating, we have a purpose, and what really matters isn't what always gets to see the best side of us. What really matters often gets our left overs. If I were that particular volunteer, my thoughts would have been, "Lady, you better drink your coffee and smile pretty because sometimes my flesh is a bully and it may just beat my spirit and I may not seem very Christian." Now, that doesn't usually happen and profanity has never been part of my vocabulary, but a few rude remarks might have escaped me. Whether or not the other person's rudeness was called for, my reaction doesn't say who SHE is, it says who I am.
We, as believers, are often mocked, treated unfairly, misunderstood, and maybe even persecuted. When I talk to my son about our reactions when people are unkind to us, I always tell him to remember to offer grace to them. As much as we might want to react to their offense, we must remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). That person may very well be going through something difficult in their life. Perhaps even something in their past, en emotional struggle they never dealt with. Whatever the case may be, we must know there is a time to speak up and a time to simply offer grace, a prayer, and friendship. There's a Savior that person has yet to know, perhaps.
Grace...such a wonderful thing. Not deserved, not earned. God set the example for us to follow. Offer grace. It won't always be easy, but as we grow in our relationship with God, it will come easier because it's in our nature, as followers of the Messiah. Whatever we do and say, may people see Jesus in us. The flesh IS a bully, but the Spirit inside us believers is stronger than that. Let's not attempt to justify the flesh, but rather, let's crucify it and die to ourselves, as the Bible says. Only then, can we offer grace. When we leave our own desires for justice and continue to hold firmly to God's promises.
Offer grace today. Know when to speak and bless your "enemies."