We are to demonstrate kindness and compassion to others, according to Jesus’ example and Words. Tall order. Especially when you want to do just the opposite. Like when someone cuts you off when you’re talking, or walking, or driving. Or is rude to you for no reason. Or points out a fault or a sin of the past you can do nothing about. Or maybe is making your life miserable from hurt or pain of their own.
There are many justifications we can make for treating others unkindly right back. Jesus saw beyond the offense right into the heart. And He took much more undeservedly than we ever will. To those jeering men pounding nails into his bloody feet, He looked to His Father and said, “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” We cannot see the heart as Jesus does, but can we see beyond an offense? Justice may be the goal, but can we accept something we don’t deserve? God may have forgiven us every one of our sins, but have we forgiven the one who mocked or hurt us yesterday, last week, last year?
This is not about condoning wrongful behavior or remaining complacent in a harmful situation. Wisdom comes from God and will always guide your soul to wellness. This IS about not resembling the fallen world in our responses to others, but reflecting the Holy Spirit and His unconscionable Love toward us. How do we do this? -ABIDE IN HIM. REMAIN IN CONSTANT PRAYER. STAY HUMBLE BEFORE GOD. Remember what Christ did for you and extend His Loving Kindness to others. Lives are transformed by a glimpse of the Holy One. Be a Light in the darkness of others’ lives even if you want to do the opposite. Trust in God to make all things right and to bless you as you submit in trust and obedience to Him.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2a
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” – Romans 12:14
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
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