“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Now first I must say for a LONG time I used to think Mahatma Gandhi was this fictional person my mother made up.. you know as a kid when parents don't want to tell you something like where your going (sadly her answer was BFE, not worth spelling out) and if we asked who are we going to see the answer was Mahatma Gandhi... Little did I know until I was a teen, this is an actual person.
Mahatma Gandhi is an Indian Philosopher who was born in 1869 and died in 1948 he is noted for his doctrine on non violent protest... His real name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi but he was known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi.
Its a great way to live our lives and really Jesus commands us to do the same... and while my grandmother was not a religious type... she always used to say "you get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar" and if you've ever practiced this it does sometimes work...
How many times have you been confronted by a sales clerk at the mall or grocery store or even on the phone that has been having perhaps a less than stellar day? They are in a foul mood and while you were not the cause of the mood you are bearing the brunt of it.. Yeah we've all been there and experienced this or even been the one putting off the foul mood.. hey we ARE human! But when you look that person in the face and smile a warm genuine smile, and say "its ok, take your time" or "I'm sorry your having a bad day" its almost hard for them to continue being nasty to you... oh sure some still do but I'd bet my last $10... it weighed on their mind the rest of the day and they were likely a bit more kind to the next person they encountered.
So remember when confronted by your opponent, conquer him/her with love!