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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
In our lives I think we have all come across people who make us really work at containing our composer.I mean these people can be a bit difficult right? If we are being totally honest there are people in our families as well as in the outside world. And yet God tells us exactly how to deal with them. When we handle those who drive us crazy with compassion, kindness,humility and patience we are planting God’s seed of love in them. It is in those moments that we are able to be an example of God’s love. It is when our Christian walk starts looking real to people because we are living by example.
What happens when react the way the rest of the world would react? You know when we ourselves revert back to good old human nature? Well what happens is we then allow the devil to win. We damage our testimony. We risk burning bridges on relationships that could may one day be important. Even if we do not see that at the time. Not to mention have you seen someone going all crazy on another person. They look foolish. So in the end what does it really accomplish? But dealing with difficult people with grace, now that takes on a totally different view. It show compassion, love and wisdom.
Now I know the argument can be made that this scripture is to be used for fellow Christians. And yes you would be right. However, what would happen if we all chose to treat all people this way? If we where to decide to see all people as God’s children (which they are) and we were to extend kindness and understanding? After all are we not suppose to love our neighbor as we love ourselves? In order to do that we need to start viewing all people a bit differently. We need to start viewing people with a bit of grace.
This is no easy task. It takes lots of prayer before reacting. Lots of tongue biting instead of back biting. Not to mention lots of self control. More importantly it take a whole lot of God.
This week go out and show someone who you barely know that you care. Maybe it is opening a door for the lady at the doctor’s office. It could be offering to pray for the person at the check out counter. Or it could be as simple as taking a moment to wave and smile at the neighbor.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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