“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” – Ephesians 4:29 (NIV).
A common situation that faces many motorist on the highways is being pulled over by law enforcement officers, for what could be a minor offense. Of course there is always the urge to resist and assert ones rights. Usually when one takes such a course of resistance there is a certain reaction with the officer countering and even possibly doubling one’s offense. Perhaps he may even threaten to haul the offender to police headquarters, which is really not good news.
For that treason over time I have learnt that even where I am stopped and feel I have committed no offense, the best defense is humility. I must greet the officer gently and for whatever charge leveled against me, be fast and quick to admit my fault, where it has been. Now by being quick to apologize I have found most officers quick to forgive and would normally let me pass with a slight warning.
So, shouldn’t humility be a good way to conduct most of our personal relationships? Instead of heating up to justify ourselves, a quick apology could easily tame the rising tide of anger in many situations. I have often heard that a key to a successful marriage is always being fast to say sorry. Yet so often we prefer launching a counter only to make matters worse and even lose our stand. Let’s practice humility.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I always have a good control of my tongue as a witness of faith in you!