Let It Go
Posted: Friday, July 15
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
Verse of the Day:
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. (Proverbs 19:11 NLT)
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
A while ago Joanie, Krista and I were driving in a city that we had never been in before. A light was turning red ahead of us so I quickly hit the brakes, but our car intruded a few feet into the crosswalk. A woman walked by our car and proceeded to cuss me out verbally and with hand gestures for the duration of the light. I had never experienced that before and didn’t really know how to respond so I didn’t respond at all. As we drove off Joanie said ‘I’m so proud of how you responded back at the light’. Truth was, that woman ticked me off but with God’s help I was able to control my anger. Unfortunately that’s not always the case.
I’m often asked by people if it’s appropriate to confront people who have offended them. Scripture gives us some helpful guidelines:
If the offense is small or unintentional, it is best to forgive unilaterally. This is the essence of grace. As we become more like Christ be become more gracious to others, overlooking petty conflicts and annoyances.
If the offense is serious, you can still choose to forgive without a confrontation, and it is to your credit. Christ on the cross is the ultimate example of this.
If the offense is against someone else, confront the guilty party. While scripture encourages us to overlook sins committed against us, we are not to overlook sins committed against others (Exodus 23:6).