What is your first reaction when someone comes against you? Retaliate? Tit for tat? Show ’em who’s boss?
Now what if you’re asked to step back and hold your peace? Is that easy? Did you need more effort to restrain yourself?
I know I do—from daily experiences with my son. Keeping a rein on my anger is no small feat. Most days, I choose the easy way out by lashing out at him when he makes me mad.
And boy do I get the point across. But not after the damage is done, the feelings are hurt, the relationship is soured.
Not great huh?
But I know I’m not alone in this struggle. Many can probably empathize with my outburst and some might even concur that I’ve done the right thing.
I used to think the one who is the loudest, the most assertive, the most aggressive is the strongest. But I now realized that that’s a distorted view. Thoughtless fight back is a sheer sign of weakness.
Because it takes plenty of inner resolve and power to hold back emotions when you’re angry. And it certainly takes more strength and emotional stability not to lash back.
Don’t believe me?
Try and hold your tongue the next time someone provokes you. See if it’s easy for you to keep calm.
The reality is, not many people can hold back. As most consider refraining with being weak, backing off as cowardly, and saying sorry as wimpy.
Which brings my mind to Jesus Who said: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you will find rest for your souls.
Did not the One who called Himself meek willingly stooped to wash His disciples’ feet? Was He being weak?
What Jesus did just demonstrated that meekness is not weakness. It’s perfect strength under control.
And as I reflect upon this, I am reminded of our Lord’s amazing love that made Him meek. The Creator of the Universe was so meek that He laid down His life to save us from eternal damnation even when we couldn’t give a hoot about Him. But thank God He was meek. Thank God He was meek to death.
So the next time you’re tempted to fight back when you’re provoked, take a step back. Remember the calmness and strength Jesus displayed when He was attacked and ow His meekness got you saved.
Because as you do this, you are bringing His supernatural power into your situation. And with Jesus on your side, don’t be surprised when the outcome miraculously turns to your advantage.