Me, practicing what I preach

Ok, so……..yesterday started out like any other day…..well maybe……..

I was reading my devotional and the verse for the day was 1 John 4:11-12 “Dear friends since  God so loved us we also ought to love one another…..”then I went ahead and posted it on twitter (vsmith52) and  facebook with this comment “ask Him to love others through you today”

As I went through my day I kept pondering and asking the Lord how I was supposed to apply It myself….the day went on uneventful and it was time to leave work and head home ……I made a stop at the chiropractor and wow! The opportunity presented itself. As I was getting out of my parked car this truck comes out of nowhere and pulls up next to mine and comes close  to running my feet over, I stood there dumbfounded that someone would be so rude, I waited for a reply from the driver as I hollered hey there you almost ran me over!!!!  Nothing….no reply….so I walked over to his passenger side since his windows were down to bring to his attention the fact that he had almost ran me over, he was on the phone and responded by saying …hey so…I didn’t run you over lady (in an agitated tone)  but  you came pretty close I replied….he said it again ….but i didn’t run you over lady! (as his tone got even angrier)

Needles to say I was taken back,  because I guess I felt that an apology was warranted………so I walked away and then thought maybe I should just take his license plate # and model of vehicle just in case……then I began to toy with the idea of calling the cops and  reporting the incident………

Then the verse I had read that morning and shared with my FB friends came back to me, so the dilemma and the battle in my thoughts began……what to do …. or not to do….

Obviously the negative encounter had gripped my emotions and in turn made me feel justified to make sure he learned his lesson!

I couldn’t come to a decision right then so I thought more about it and waited to get home…..the sense I had was that the Holy Spirit wanted me to practice  the verse that  I had read that morning……then of course you second guess yourself and play each scenario in your mind….but what if he wasn’t a Christian even! His rotten attitude would never be corrected and he would continue his ugly behavior on others…..someone has to teach him a lesson I said to my husband as I was re-telling the incident…….all the while inside being reminded that we all had ugly behaviors and didn’t deserve God’s love towards us, so I did reconcile in my heart and mind that I needed to drop the issue altogether.

Then as I was reading today’s verse ……James 3:9-10  with the tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse human beings, that have been made  in God’s likeness.Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters this should not be.

What can I say?  I had to repent and ask for mercy for me and the fellow in the black truck.

Thank you Holy Spirit for the hard lessons in life sometimes 🙂

 

 

 

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