Be Kind to Rude People

I like most people, and genuinely enjoy their company. There are a some people that I don’t enjoy being around for long periods of time mostly because we have nothing in common so conversation is always a struggle. And then there are a few people that I don’t like at all because they are rude, obnoxious, and incredibly egotistical. I work at not being rude back, exercising tolerance and graciousness. Proverbs 3:3-4 is one of the verses that I use to help me be nice and kind to people I would rather ignore at best, it says, “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.” Every morning I pray a “prayer of commitment” to the Lord, and a key phrase is “You are Lord, master, and king of my life, today I will obey you no matter how hard or difficult it might be”. So I have a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:3-4 that I take as a direct command to me from Jesus so I obey it! The command is this, “Be kind and nice to people you don’t like”. There is something very powerful in saying,”I will obey You Jesus because You created me, because You died for me on the cross and paid the penalty for all my sins, You purchased me with Your blood, I don’t belong to me, I belong to You, You are my Lord, Master, and King.” So the command to me, “Be kind and nice to people you don’t like”, is very achievable not because it is easy, but because choosing to disobey God is not something I do. I believe that making the commitment every morning to obey Him results in His power and strength giving me what I need to pull it off successfully. Choosing to be kind and nice to people who are rude, insulting, and self-centered gives me a sense of freedom and power knowing that how I am acting is not natural, or easy, but I am doing it as an act of obedience and submission to my savior and Lord, and He is pleased with me and will give me His power to go even deeper with this commandment.

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