Personal space can be an issue. It’s funny how this concept differs among cultures. Some people are comfortable getting right up to your face to speak with you. The American backs up. Two spaces free on a three-seat sofa? It’s obvious to the American that the space in the middle should be empty. Not so with other cultures.
Over the years we have had many different living situations. In the past, our two daughters and son had to share a room as teenagers for an entire year! This year in the States we have had the privilege of living at the beach! There were some adjustments, however, in moving from a spacious house to a small one bedroom place!
We all have certain rights we feel are important. When someone violates these rights we are offended or unhappy. Whether the issue is space, right-of-way- on the road, or living with a “morning person” when one is a “night owl” we are challenged to respond in a way that pleases the Lord. Our world encourages us to insist on our rights. Yet the verse today talks about responding with humility and even seeing the offender as more important than oneself! That goes against our nature! Who among us wants to be seen as a push-over? I certainly do not want people walking all over me and ignoring my rights.
I cannot be peaceable and considerate to all men (Titus 3:2) if I insist on my own way with people. If I ignore this verse there will be messes all over the place, just like the water spilled in the photo. If I obey this verse, who will take care of number 1? Christ is more than able.