Injured animals have been known to become vicious and cause physical harm to the one trying to provide assistance because of the pain the animal is experiencing. The offending animal is usually quickly forgiven even after delivering a painful bite or scratch because we understand that their current state is causing their uncharacteristic behavior.
You may have experienced a similar scenario when someone reacted harshly or rudely to you and their action confused you or maybe angered you because you didn’t understand the reason for their outburst. Sometimes when another person is experiencing emotional distress internally, the symptoms are typically manifested externally through angry words, bad attitudes and unexpected confrontations. It takes patience and the ability to see past the surface of the offender and (if necessary) get to the root of the problem instead of responding negatively to someone’s uncharacteristic behavior. Kindness and love are powerful tools. Don’t be afraid to use them.
Take action now: Meditate on 1 John 4:7-8 : Let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NLT)
Embrace this truth: God is love.