A timely lesson in driving – “Bless those who curse you”

bless those who curseWhen you spend time in the word, the Holy Spirit has a way of emphasizing how you can immediately apply what you just meditated on, and this morning it was about  applying how to actually

bless those who curse

Love for Enemies from Luke 6: 27-31

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Driving is stressful and it reveals the character of the one behind the wheel.  Personally, I do not drive mainly because of my lack of immediate hand-eye coordination, and my inability to immediately react to tight situations.  If you know the driving conditions in Metro Manila,  you would understand me perfectly.  Oh I can drive, but then it would have to be an almost solitary situation! I would most probably be able to drive competently in the less urbanized areas or overseas, but here and now, I believe it is more prudent to let someone more adept at it to drive for me.  Out of consideration for those on the street and other drivers, I choose not to drive a vehicle. I would very much prefer to commute, although I haven’t had a chance to do that in a long while already.

This morning, my hubby offered to drive me to a place where I needed to be. So at about 9am, we left and we were plying our normal route, we discussed the inconsiderate behaviour that  a lot of drivers share whether they drive a taxi cabs, jeepneys, SUV’s  and even  the most luxurious of cars.  Now this is most certainly not a generalization, it’s just a declarative statement of what we commonly observe every day.   So if this previous statement of mine hit you in anyway, it is not intended, mine is just a personal anecdote.  I really would just like to emphasize that we Christians should take the extra mile to bless those who curse.

Now it was just a 20-minute drive at best, and with it came several incidences of inconsiderate behaviour.  Now among these were – cutting one’s lane, cutting corners, tail gating,  improper overtaking and  being subjected to words that are more certainly not nice.  Now how would I know that you might ask?  Well, we couldn’t hear it but based on the other driver’s adamant facial expression, his finger pointing and what we concluded from reading his lips – he wasn’t being very nice….You know what I mean. We have resolved to do so and we choose to bless thsoe who curse.

We choose to bless those who curse us instead. 

Instead, we thought of reasons why that person was like that instead.  Perhaps they haven’t slept yet or they have to urgently use the restroom? Perhaps they are diabetic, suffering from hypoglycaemia and are very hungry they have to be somewhere?  Perhaps they are running late to work or school?  Whatever, it is they are accountable to God for their own actions and behaviour, whether they know it or not, whether they realize it or not.   With that said, we ourselves are accountable as well. Bless those who curse, remember?

Now,  I am not about to say that there are several times that you would want to do that as well to someone else, most especially another person who has been inconsiderate to you, most especially while on the road.  This is another reason why I don’t drive –  I am spared from being tempted to be angry, upset and to the tendency of reacting  with a sudden burst of temptous rage! Thank God I have the option of not driving.  Now back to my story.  On this particular day, my husband Dee immediately remarked as the other car speeded away, “ I choose to bless you! Lord, I pray for the driver of that car and that you would especially bless him today.

And then he remarked laughingly, “ Now that driver surely knows how to get blessed! He crosses a Christian, says “bad words” against him, offends him and then gets a blessing! He then smiles and thanked God for the opportunity to bless someone else.

So does that make me weird?  I don’t think so! It makes me more like Jesus! It displays intead that I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. I am grateful that my life is secure in my Savior’s hands.  My value as a person can never be diminished by negative or hurtful remarks that are said,  thought of, or hurled against me.  Sure, I can be offended, but I immediately run to the embrace of my heavenly Father who assures me of His love. I am then made whole again.

So what did we learn about driving today?

  1.  That it can reveal the true character and attitudes of our hearts most especially when the conditions are most stressful.
  2. That we need to appropriate God’s grace daily to be controlled by Holy Spirit and to exhibit the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
  3. That we are accountable for actions not just to the traffic enforcers but also to our heavenly Father who sees and knows the unspoken contents of my mind and heart.
  4. That driving is an occasion we do on routine, but is actually an exercise and applying “bless those who curse”

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