Payback or pay forward.
The choice is ours.
It is easy to react by payback — it called be called revenge or something similar.
Laying on the horn after someone cuts in front is one form of payback.
Blurting out an obscenity after a slight, real or imagined, is another form of payback.
“We need to make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 15 niv
We break the cycle of conflict by choosing to be considerate rather than contrary.
We need to choose to play the card that no one expects — taking the high road rather than the low road of violence.
We choose to respond from a magnanimous heart, we show an undeserved graciousness to our antagonist.
By doing this, we disarm our opponent, and our enemy may become our friend.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “As the sun makes ice melt; kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Let’s be that sun or smile that melts!