I recently found myself in that dreaded position that we all hope to avoid. Smack dab in the middle of an inexplicable confrontation with a stranger. I found myself right in the middle of the line of fire of a high and mighty attitude and some very heated words. It was one of those awkward moments when we recognize that we have to make a decision. Do we remain immovable and intractable, or do we step back and offer grace?
Staying positive and polite can be very difficult when we find ourselves stuck between an immovable object and our own ability to offer grace. I have to admit that it wasn’t easy to be sympathetic to someone else’s plight and perspective. It wasn’t easy to be loving and kind in the face of disdain. It wasn’t easy to be compassionate or humble when confronted by harsh criticisms. I had to choose. Was I going to be immovable myself, fixed in my own self-righteousness or was I going to be bigger than my feelings.
1 Peter 3:8 MSG
“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.”
Yes, I admit it. I did have to dig down deep (really deep if I’m gonna be truthful) in that moment, to find and offer grace. Sometimes we do have to dig deep in order to find and offer His Grace, but we should always do our best to try. Why? Because God teaches us that it is through our attitude that we share His truths.
I recently met a gentleman who summed it up quite elegantly with these words; ‘Good manners cost us nothing’. I have to agree. Remaining hopeful and maintaining a positive attitude are always in our best interest. When we dig deep into the love and grace of God we are truly living bountiful lives.