A few months ago a car cut me off, barely giving me enough time to slam my brakes. The car was so close to mines that we nearly had a major accident. In that brief moment a lot of emotions were going through my head.
Before I could respond, the other driver cursed me out and pointed their middle finger at me. As the scenario began to play out, I thought of the many road rage incidents I hear about on television and how quickly road rage escalates. The next thing that crossed my mind was , do I return the vigorous verbal assault with my own threatening words?
In that moment my mother’s advice of always being courteous no matter was fighting the rage I had in my own mind. In that moment I also thought of a long-time friend in Houston named Robbie. Robbie was always a of good cheer, the kind of person everyone loved being around. One night one his way home, another car cut him off, words were exchanged and in a brief moment of rage, Robbie was shot and killed in front of his home.
It only takes a second for things to go terribly wrong in road rage incidents. With the backdrop of my mother’s words of wisdom and the incident with my friend Robbie, I then asked myself, what would Jesus do? Did Jesus ever get angry?
Jesus was angered (Matthew 21:12) with people doing various things in the house of the Lord. Although he was upset, Jesus proved you can be angry without the anger leading to sin. Each day we have choices to make on how we treat others. We can’t control what others do to us, but we can control our reaction.
I decided not to respond in anger (Ephesians 4:26) and this decision perhaps saved my life!