“The merciful man does himself good, but the cruel man does himself harm” (Proverbs 11:17).
It’s in only a fraction of a second that a person chooses to be rude. In that same moment a decision could have been made to be kind. Just as we all have the capacity to choose evil, to be rude, or withhold merciful compassion, the abiding presence and power of the resurrected Christ beckons us to do the right thing, at the right moment, in the right way. Just as rudeness affects two people—the perpetrator and the victim—so does kindness.