It would be nice, O Lord, if we could always be nice.
But we can’t. And we shouldn’t.
Still, protect us from a self-centered and self-serving attitude that justifies in our minds the practice of acting mean and rude whenever we feel like it or whenever it suits our purposes.
People have enough burdens already without having us pile our ego-driven baggage on them.
At the same time, Lord, help us to be grown up enough to be responsible enough to express what needs to be expressed in a given situation and not always to just be nice for the sake of “peace.”
Help us to speak the truth in love and to take action in love when grace, mercy, love, and justice call for it.
No, we can’t always be nice and still be faithful.
Give us grace, though, always to be loving.