So there you are. Driving down the road and the car in front of you is obviously swerving. Given that it is ten o’clock in the morning, it is fairly safe to assume that they aren’t driving drunk. You get beside them at a red light and there it is. A cell phone is getting more attention than the windshield is. You are instantly aggravated. “How could you be so careless”, you mutter (or yell) to thin air. Sheesh!!!
It is easy to get caught up in being angry. Let’s be honest, it easy to let other peoples bad decisions and sins consume us. How could a mother choose to do drugs when she knows it is hurting her unborn child? How could someone knowingly lie to a government agency and receive benefits they know they don’t deserve? How could someone choose to text and drive endangering the lives of everyone around them? How could he cheat on his wife? How could she drink her mortgage payment away? I try to remind myself that I am not the judge and I am not in control but these kind of things wear me out.
Today I was taking a rare quiet moment to myself. With a new cook book next to me, a grocery list that needed to be written, and birthday party planning to do, I took that moment to open my Bible. I just let the pages lead me and God took me to Titus. Seeing as it is only a page long, I read the whole chapter. Chapter 3:3-7 really struck me. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Now believe me, I know that we are all capable of sin. The difference here is that we know right from wrong and we know that our sins have been washed clean. Our relationship with God gives us discernment. That discernment tells us that we probably shouldn’t pick up our cell phone and check that text when we are driving. That discernment also tells us it is not ok to lie, cheat, and steal. It gives us a certain morality that is lacking in our world today. So before we go getting angry at these situations, that seem to pop up daily, let’s try praying for the person committing the sin or making the bad decisions. They don’t have biblical discernment. They may not have that relationship with Jesus that tells us “that’s not a good idea”.