During a discussion with a friend this morning, I realised something…our rights and our right response are something entirely different.
My friend was telling me how her son had been having a rough time at school. He is one of the bigger kids and a little kid was trying with all his might to get the bigger boy to react – to do something which would not have been good. Her boy was also copping it from his teacher, who saw this occurring interpreted the interaction as the big boy was bullying the smaller boy, subsequently she then bailed the big boy up, in front of all his classmates accusing him of bullying the smaller kid. It was all messed up…what appeared to be happening was not what it seemed. The big boy now has a reputation and himself feels bullied. There is something not right about this story. His rights as an individual have been violated – he didn’t have any recourse for action….
As we talked, I realised my friend has taught her boy to respond the right way…no matter whether he is bigger and can stand up to the little guy or even if his teacher doesn’t believe him or not.
His rights were not more important than his right response.
That was a really key phrase, as we discussed it further…our faith and trust in God and His best for us and His example of going through the removal of His own personal rights – on the way to the Cross, shows us a better and Right Responder Way. I sense that this young boy…moving into manhood, will have the Keys to a life filled with the fullness of God’s Goodness and Kindness and with that, great Power to influence others.
The world is changed by right responders….not ‘’my rights’’ reactors!
Right Responses have a far better result….than standing up for our personal rights…Jesus is the Perfect example – His Righteousness is our basis for our Right responses….
1 Peter 3:13-18 (NIV)
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[a]; do not be frightened.”[b] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.