Have you ever been cut off while driving? Join the crowd. Now here is the big question, "Have you ever cut someone off"?
I got cut off recently and talk about road rage, man I took off after the guy, with every intention of returning the favor, and God stepped in. . The Holy Spirit brought a certain morning back to my remembrance,
I awoke to a dark, freezing house, my alarm clock didn't go off, and the lights- out, yep you guessed it, power outage. So happened a storm came through that night and downed some power lines,
leaving me late and rushing to get to work; you know the drill.
I had to be there by seven (7), it was 5:56. Having to get dressed in the dark and facing a 45 minute commute, I knew I would have to do some, well, "creative driving" to get to work on time.
SOoo, after cutting a few people off (waving apologetically), gunning though a couple yellow lights, and flat out running a red (hoping no one noticed the Jesus fish on my bumper), and hydroplaning now and again due to the wet roads.
At 6:58, with two minutes to spare, I plopped down at my desk "and get this" I asked God to forgive my reckless driving and actually thanked Him, for allowing me to make it on time.
And now- I'm gunning down the highway after this dude, for doing the very thing I had done. Talking about a hypocrite.
At that time God searched my heart with these verses:
1. How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! Psalm 32:1
Matthew 6:15 But if you don’t forgive others, your Heavenly Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.
revealing how I -had asked for forgiveness that cold morning, but now was unwilling to forgive this guy- so I slowed down and asked God to do just that, once again "I asked for forgiveness".
I guess It's in our nature to try an excuse our own actions. I justified my reckless driving with "I had to get to work on time" what will it be next? I was so quick to see the fault in others and wanted to retaliate that I forgot my own sin that Jesus forgave at Calvary.
So when you're out there and someone cuts you off, for whatever reason remember, the rules of the road you have broken and also remember Psalm 32:1 and Matthew 6:15,
here is my definition of
Road Rage: an unwillingness to forgive others
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Forgiveness- A lesson learned while Driving