by: FCC Staff
Instruments of Peace
“A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.” Proverbs 29:22
I was almost late for class! Fortunately, I had this down to a science. If I ran across campus fast enough, I would have about three minutes to make a roast beef sandwich. Maybe even with mustard. As I rounded the corner of the cafeteria entrance, I saw something I didn’t expect. I should have known. It was Wednesday. Spaghetti day. Now I know eating spaghetti in class is 100% illegal. It’s saucy, it’s messy, and it’s noisy (the way I eat it, anyway). I’m sure no one in class will mind. I take my place at the back of the line. The line is moving slower than I hoped, but I can’t fault all these fellow college students for their good taste. I hear a voice from over my shoulder, “Psst, Dustin.” It’s Mack (name has been changed to protect him). We weren’t friends per se, but we got along fine up until this moment. “Hey, you mind if I jump in front of you? I’m running late for basketball practice.” Now, I have as much school spirit as the next guy, but I’ve used up all my ‘lates’ this semester. “Sorry man,” I replied. “Seems like we’re in the same boat.” Mack shrugs. Then, he does something that was both unexpected and severely unwelcome - he walks past me and proceeds to ask a guy in front of me the same question.
I could describe my feelings in detail from that moment, but I’m sure I don’t have to. We’ve all known people and been in situations where our anger rises to uncomfortable levels. As embarrassed as I am that the above situation is what brought out my own rage - I share this with you as a cautionary tale. You see, I never really spoke with Mack, ever again. I was hurt and frustrated to the point of severing him from my life. This should not have been. Even IF his actions had been more serious or legitimately damaging to me - wrathful anger cannot be the fuel by which we act.
Proverbs 29:22 says “A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.” As people who have been called to “…as it depends on you, live peaceably with all (Romans 12:18),” we do not have the luxury of giving into anger that causes our relationships tension.
Let us follow Jesus’ example by giving ourselves up for others. In our relationships, let us set aside the instant gratification of wrath for the eternal satisfaction of forgiveness. In doing so, we will be sharing the Gospel in a tangible way.
Prayer for today: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us bring love. Where there is offense, let us bring forgiveness. Where there is division, let us bring union. Thank you for your Son. It’s in His name we pray. Amen.