Happy Monday Saints.
Jesus said in Luke 6:27-28 “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU, BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO SPITEFULLY USE YOU.”
Last week, we started looking at things that are within our own control. When we take responsibility for our own beliefs, attitudes and behaviours, our lives won’t be fashioned and shaped by negative outside influences.
Another area that you have 100% control of is how you treat others. You control HOW you speak to them and HOW you deal with them.
Others might speak out of anger, or be harsh and condescending. They might spread rumours and tell lies about you. Some might take advantage of your kindness. Others might take their frustrations out on you. Some people might be unkind and unloving. And even though you may never understand why some people are so tense, impatient, and easily upset, you don’t need to figure them out before deciding to treat them right.
Whether it’s your superior, a leader, a colleague, an enemy, an opponent, an attendant, an assistant, a friend or a family member – you can choose to treat them ALL with the same respect and kindness.
Reverend Charles Bayard Miliken once said, “It’s the way one treats his inferiors more than the way he treats his equals which reveals one’s real character.”
Part of our spiritual maturity is learning to treat others, not according to their behaviours, but according to our Christian principles. Learning to treat others, not according to their status, but according to how Christ wants us to treat them.
If you can LOVE YOUR ENEMIES and DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU, you can love, do good, be kind, and be respectful to EVERYONE.
May we all reach a level of maturity where our treatment of other people has nothing to do with them, but everything to do with our love for God.
Have an awesome week. God bless and lots’a love,