Escape Valve

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” Luke 6:36

Have you just about had enough of of that domineering co-worker? Is the boss on your case today? Are you tired of the attitude of that person you can’t seem to avoid? We all encounter people – sometimes on a frequent basis – that we just don’t like. And to make matters worse, even those we do like can have a bad day!

Eleanor Roosevelt gave advice for that situation:

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.”

Certainly we would all like to attain such a level of maturity! But how? Jesus taught his followers in Luke 6:37 that there were three specific things they needed to do to get along with other people:

  • Judge not – neither pronouncing judgement nor subjecting to censure – and you will not be judged. Don’t speak ill of anyone, it only adds fuel to the hard feelings. Instead, speak a word of encouragement to them. 
  • Do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty. Don’t write off someone as hopeless or without merit; don’t snub them. That only creates more tension. 
  • Aquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and released. Say to the Lord, “This person is your child, and therefore Yours to discipline. Help them, and help me.”

Refuse to let another person put you in a pressure cooker today. Release the “steam” you feel in acts of kindness and prayer. 

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