I’ve been thinking about people lately, especially about people who cause grief to others and are such a disappointment to their families. Don’t worry, no one reading this post is someone to whom I am referring!
It’s tough to see the self-destructive bent that some younger people have determined to demonstrate. There are language, attitudes and actions that are intended to cause pain to those who truly care and are seeking the best for the other person. Their behavior is so foreign to me and the people whom I share life. I have a tendency to avoid such hostile and painful situations, but was forced to move “out of the frying pan into the fire” this past week. All I can say is that I have grieved over certain behavior exhibited to me and people I love.
Check out this Bible verse: As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)
Do you look around at others who behave poorly and then get angry with them? Do you wonder how they could act like that, or what they are thinking? Do you hope God intevernes and gives them what they deserve? After all our trying to live out the Christian faith, why do we have to put up this such nastiness and junk?
Unfortunately, that sort of thinking can have a self-righteous tone when we compare ourselves to others. Don’t get sucked in to thinking that way because it will eventually hold you captive to anger. Apart from Jesus, we could be the very same. Remember that everyone is a sinner. What are we to do? The Bible says to pray for those who persecute us, and pray for our enemies. This is more real when we are able to put a face on the “enemy.”