I think most of us, if being honest, would acknowledge we have “weak” moments. It seems no matter how hard we try, “temporary insanity” takes hold, and the next thing you know, we’re asking for forgiveness. Yeah, well, I’ve certainly had more than my share.
For instance, just today, I made the regrettable decision to engage in a political discussion via Twitter. I know. I know. Hindsight = 20/20. But it seemed harmless enough at the time. I simply wanted to submit my invaluable two cents. What could possibly go wrong? After all, my proffer was harmless, objective defense of a poor soul who was – as far as I could tell – being savagely and undeservedly excoriated. So, of course, upon completion of my assignment, I would ride off into the sunset, the dashing, chivalrous rescuer.
Yeah… not so much.
The alternate ending, was me being attacked on all sides by merciless ruffians. At least I “distracted” them so the distressed damsel could “escape.” As for me, this was a good place to run and hide. Right? “The meek shall inherit the earth. “The meek shall inherit the earth.” “Run, Forrest…” Well, if I’d done that, I wouldn’t be needin’ to ask for any forgiveness, now, would I?
I have been known to have a bit of a hair trigger where my “bully button” is concerned. Now, I know what you’re thinking, here’s where things get “R” rated. No, no, I assure you, I didn’t use profanity, nor slurs… nothing. All I said, to one who had attacked my character, no less, was “Mature.” That’s it. One measly word. Goodness! You would have thought I shot the guy’s dog. I dare not tell you what he said to provoke my “tough” response. Rest assured, I really cannot repeat it. But, now I’m the bad guy.
Isn’t that the way it works, though? The one who retaliates “gets the flag.” Well, they can take their “flag” and… never mind. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.
Bottom line, as you all know – and I am learning – we must not let our pride eclipse our judgment, for we are commanded:
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)
When we step outside God’s will, rarely do we avert consequences, or repercussions for our actions. In this case, I will likely never know the full extent of the damage I did. It very well may be minimal, but it all depends on who might have witnessed my lack of witness. At the very least, I missed an opportunity – as futile as the effort might have been – to set an example of humility and forgiveness before my “attackers.” Not only did I fail to deter anyone from future iniquity, I may have actually perpetuated theirs with my own.
What’s the expression? Epic Fail? Yeah…