Philippians 4:5

Do Not React in Like Manner

One of the major challenges in everyday life is people.  People irritate, annoy, criticize, complain and cause you to react similarly.  So the human tendency is to get even by reacting just like them. These actions and reactions cause strife, trouble, and disunity.

The child of God is supposed to react and respond in a different manner or as the scripture says as a "new creature" in Christ.  Under the instruction of the Word and leading of the Holy Spirit, the believer speaks and behaves in a godly manner and becomes a genuine example of the work and power of God in their life.  It is the believer's opportunity and responsibility to be gentle to all in words, attitude, and conduct in general which is the living proof of God in their life.

Responding in like manner to those that irritate and hurt creates more problems and is not the conduct of an obedient believer.  We should carefully consider what impression we have on others after having a difficult encounter with them.  In the power of Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can and should be gentle to all.