Boast In The Lord January 14th, 2022

A Word From Dave Angri

Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. - Colossians 3:12,13

"What's wrong with these people !!!??!!!"  Yep, that was me, driving in my truck, yelling at the top of my lungs whenever another vehicle was tailgating me. And these vehicles weren't just traveling behind me in close proximity, some had actually snuck up so close that I expected to be bumped from behind at any second.
My initial thoughts were, ”Really? What is their problem?" Then I would begin my scenarios of confronting these drivers, which contained all of the harsh words that I would say to them if I had the opportunity to pull them over. Let me tell you, I was steaming!
However, one of these days that I was being tailgated, in the midst of my usual upset behavior, I heard these words; ”Dave, what if the driver behind you is trying to get their child to the hospital?"
Whoa.  This was a wake-up call for me, to settle down in the middle of such unnecessary attitudes and behavior.  It may seem silly or unlikely, but when this possibility dawned on me, it changed everything about the way I react and respond.
Now, whenever tailgating occurs, instead of flying off the handle, I pull over as soon as I can and wave the driver on and then I pray for them. That brings me joy. I thank Jesus for His Spirit who lives in me and teaches me!
Let these promises of God encourage you:
    "I will strengthen you and help you."  Isaiah 41:10
    "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace." John 16:33
    "Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”  Ecc. 7:9
    "Practice hospitality, bless and do not curse."  Romans 12:13,14

"Nothing will more effectively arrest the working of the Spirit in the heart, than the spirit of criticism."  A.B. Simpson
"The more you recognize God's grace to you, the more gracious you will be to others. When someone upsets you, God expects you to be gracious towards them instead of judgmental."   Village of Hope Devotional

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