Meek or Polite

When I was living at home, I would help my Mom with different things. Housework was kind of expected.  Doing dishes, (NO dishwasher!), doing laundry and cleaning, etc.  As my mother got older she needed some help with personal hygiene. If she needed me to brush her hair, I was okay with that. Sometimes she needed some help getting in and out of the bathtub, or washing her back, I was okay with that too. I’d help her as I could. One of the things she needed some help with was with clipping her toe nails. That kind of made me cringe, a little bit. But I would go ahead and help her though. After awhile I realized that she as a Mother would do those things when I was a kid.  So I’d try not to squirm so much and would meekly cut her toe nails for her.

My husband and I go to Disney World and do enjoy going to the parks. Some of the parks are very crowded.  So it’s not always easy getting around people. When people are getting on or off the rides, they may not always be watching where they are going. Some people do try to step to the side so you can get around them. Others just really do not try to make any room for you to pass by. For others, it’s like we are just supposed to get out of their way! A few times I did get hit on my ankles by strollers. When I did get hit and it hurt, I did say “ouch!” Yet that really didn’t stop anyone or to apologize, they just seemed to want to go their way and in a hurry. Once in a while a person would say, oh, I’m sorry, before going on their way. I was talking to my husband about all this and wondering what is a right response. Are we to just meekly let it go? Or do we say anything?

Titus 3:2 (Different Translations, Underlines mine)

“Tell them not to speak evil of anyone but to live in peace with others.  They should be gentle and polite to everyone.”  (ERV)

“to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men.” (WEB)

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” (KJV)

Looking to Jesus, He treated everyone respectfully, and with kindness and love. So we are to do the same.


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