Patient, Kind, and Slow to Get Snarky

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone,

able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth 2 Tim. 2:24-25 NIV

It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman (man, child, spouse, co-worker, neighbor, politician, etc.) Prov. 21:19 ESV

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry James 1:19 NLT

Heavenly Father, the current political season in the USA has become an important mirror for all of us. In the midst of all the disrespectful name-calling and dismissive labeling, the one-sided diatribe and the one-liner sarcasm, I’m compelled to ask, “Am I like this? Is this the way I communicate my opinions and engage my neighbors? Am I the quarrelsome and fretful person that makes life in a desert-land attractive to others?” I trust that’s not the case.

Father, forgive me when I lose sight of the real issues, fertilize my anger, and multiply my words. Forgive me when I let resentment trump reasonableness—when I react out of irritation in the moment, rather than grace from above. Loving is more important than winning. Rightness without kindness is wrongness.

Show me the difference between righteous indignation and unrighteous aggravation. Convict me quickly when I lose sight of the occupied throne of heaven, resulting in meager faith, more fear, and much snarkiness.

I know you’re not calling us to be passive in the face of injustice or indifferent in the presence of real issues. But rather than us “turning over tables,” would you “turn the tide” through us, as we seek to do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with you? (Micah 6:8)

May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. So very Amen we pray, in the merciful and mighty name of Jesus.