(12) Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. (13) “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” (14) The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. Matthew 21:12-14 (NIV)
I love these verses simply for the fact that they show how Jesus reacts to two completely different types of people in one instance. In the first part you see Jesus turning over tables and lashing out in righteous anger, and in the next verse He is healing those who sought after Him for comfort. This just goes to show the perfect balance Jesus has when having to speak in different situations.
When people bring difficult challenges into our lives it can often times be hard to decipher how to appropriately respond to the situation. Sometimes it would seem easier to just let out all our frustration and say what you think. And other times it would be easier to stay silent in order to keep the peace. What's hard is trying to figure out how God wants us to respond in each situation.
Whether we like it or not, it is often times required of us to speak out against a wrong or injustice that we have noticed. If there is a check in our spirit about a situation, and God has arisen a passion within us to speak out, then we are required to speak out. But there are times where instead of voicing out a correction, we are meant to react with compassion and gentleness. Instead of pointing the wrong that has happened, what they desperately need most is for you to uplift them and show them mercy.
Just like Jesus, we must always look for balance when dealing with people. We have to understand that while reacting a certain way will work for one person, it may not be the best response for someone else in another situation. That is why we must always pray for God's wisdom in whatever situation we find ourselves in, and that His love is at the forefront of our actions.