At some point, you may have heard of Newton’s third law of motion, which states that everything has an equal and opposite reaction. In short, as not to give a physics lesson, whatever pushes you is moved away by an equal and opposite reaction, pushing it in the other direction. But, also, another example of it is that which may push you, can also hold you up. This is the way to handle our reactions to harsh, cold, distasteful situations and people.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 NIV
“Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.” Proverbs 25:15 MSG
In times when you are dealing with unpleasant people, who can be sharp and difficult to bear their presence, keep in mind that they can be moved to an opposite and better place, if you react in an opposite manner. Smile instead of puckering from the bitter taste of the experience. Release the urge to strike back with sarcasm, insults, or equally high pitched voice levels, and watch that no matter how much they try to resist, more than likely, their only option is to back down.
Though we as humans are matter, our emotions and feelings are not, therefore Newton’s third law of motion’s results do not naturally happen in those areas. So, remaining gentle through tough interactions can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible. To avoid working up more breakups, keep in mind that most times a person’s unpleasant behavior towards you is not about you at all. Your retention of the joy Christ’s given you lie in the seat of your reactions. So,
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2,3 NIV
There are, also, times in which you may be steeped in a bitter situation; one in which other people are not the problem, but it’s simply a very uncomfortable circumstance. And, it’s a challenge that cannot be easily removed. You’ve prayed and prayed, yet it’s still a very visible issue you struggle with periodically, maybe every single day. So, now your expression is like that of having eaten something that makes you tightly squint your eyes and pucker your mouth because things are just not going as planned. Using Newton’s third law of motion in which, for example, a wall is pushing against you in a direction in which you do not want to go, and you’re trying to push against it. For the simple fact that you can’t always avoid problems let the wall hold you up, until God, Who is a Greater Force, removes it.
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1 NIV
No matter how long you’ve been praying for that wall to move, don’t give up, and keep praying. Remember that though you may not be able to see it, God has set a perfect time to change things in your favor. He may very well have something special in His plan for you; that special one you’ve been waiting for through all the rejections; or maybe a special assignment to help others in ways very few people other than you can understand. Lean on the wall, as God never allows any experience to go to waste, thus He is using it to prepare you for something greater. Don’t settle so much as to miss when God’s cut a door in the wall for you to walk through, but don’t put God in a box either; as His thoughts and ways are so far above ours that you could never imagine all the great things He has in store for you! With this in mind, as you endure the force of distasteful circumstances, know that your inner attitudes don’t have to reflect them. Be determined to have an opposite reaction to how they make you feel. You are not alone, and have the Supernatural strength to help you achieve it, so you CAN do it! Believe and receive in faith, which is a hope in that which is unseen, that your greater is coming, and smile in spite of the urge to pucker!