At times I find myself intimidated by other people. It could be a question that causes defensiveness to rise up inside, a statement about something I might have done wrong, or possibly having made a mistake.
When one is faced with an intimidating person, one may react by listing a series of excuses for the action in a very nervous way, or come up with a series of reasons why he or she is so great and insult the other person, in an aggressive manner. These are two extremes, and neither of them are ideal.
When I read the gospels, I see that Jesus was right in the middle. He didn't make nervous or intimidated excuses to those who accused him. He didn't say to the Pharisees, "Oh, I'm so sorry, I'm really not the Son of God." On the other hand, he was a gentle person who could be harsh at times, but out of love, a tough love for all people.
May I not become intimidated by other people. May I know that I am a deeply cherished child of God. If God is for me, who can be against me?, my heart sings. May I not be too hard on myself, if I find myself acting out of intimidation or fear. If I make an aggressive remark to another, may I be forgiven and feel forgiven by you, Lord. Amen.