"And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness." - 2 Timothy 2:24-25a
I have a friend who recently started a job at a local cafe where he is one of only a few employees as it's a pretty small operation. He really enjoys the job for the most part and I don't blame him, he pretty much sits around and plays on his computer except for the few minutes here and there when someone wants to buy coffee or something.
Yesterday I met with him and he explained to me about how stressed out he is because for the last 10 days a group of beggars have repeatedly come to the restaurant and hassled the customers to give. His boss has specifically told him to not allow them into the cafe (which is understandable in my opinion) and so everyday he has asked them to leave but they've become more and more violent everyday. Apparently yesterday he had to physically push them out of the store as they tried to push past him. He is alone and there are 3 of them, most of them young and strong - its complicated as to why they're begging.
He asked me for some advice as he was seriously distressed and fearful he would end up in a fist fight in no time at all. I tried to offer some things practical, but I think he might have been looking for some wisdom on a heart level. I offered him this verse. As well as the rest of 25 and 26 which says, "God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will."
So this is what I've been processing today. Not being quarrelsome but being kind. And how that could possibly relate to people who are regularly coming and seeking a confrontation.
Also how it applies to my road rage.