Posted: Friday, March 18
This is a proverb that would be great to memorize if you haven’t already! It’s short, powerful, and a good reminder when you feel yourself getting angry! In moments of intensity we always have a choice in how we are going to respond. Are we going to be kind or are we going to be cruel? Does it matter? According to this proverb what we choose will determine what lasting consequence we have.
I don’t think most of us would describe ourselves as cruel but we all have had moments where we have been cruel. Some of these moments were when we have been falsely accused of something, or our character has been questioned, when someone betrayed us or let us down, moments of disappointment, or moments where we were tired and just feel like we had reached our limit. I think for me the times where I have been the cruelest were times when I was hurt and disappointed by someone close to me. When we choose to act cruelly (yes, it’s a choice—it doesn’t just happen)we are acting contrary to the character of Jesus.
Jesus faced many moments of persecution where He could have chosen to act cruel but He didn’t. When falsely accused, beaten, and put to death as an innocent man, He never lashed out or was mean. He chose kindness and forgiveness even in the midst of the unimaginable cruelty. None of us have ever faced anything that could even compare to that.