Friday, August 16, 2013
How would Jesus want us to treat each other?
How should we treat each other? Does God give us guidance on how we should talk and interact with others? There’s so much hate and animosity in the world today. Nationally, there is a growing trend of people mistreating and killing. Some even use God as their justification to do so. In the international community, there is an escalation of violence, war, ruin, death, and destruction. Is this the way we are to treat each other? Is this what Jesus would have us do? Jesus said, ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another’ (John 13:34). Jesus was all about love, compassion, unity, and solidarity among all people. That is what Jesus would want us to do. Love others as Jesus has loved you. Remember everything you’ve done and how much He has forgiven you — how much compassion and patience He has shown you. You sow what you reap. If you reap scattered seeds with no purpose and no plan, rest assured — your harvest will be empty. If you plant firmly and sincerely the seeds of faith, we can all build a relationship with God that surpasses human understanding. The Apostle Paul said, “Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16). Harmony by definition "harmony (här'm?-ne) Pronunciation Key n. pl. har•mo•nies Agreement in feeling or opinion; accord: live in harmony. A pleasing combination of elements in a whole: color harmony; the order and harmony of the universe (Dictionary.com)." Harmony combination of people of all backgrounds; all people together united in an orderly fashion equals harmony throughout the universe. “Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006).” Be devoted to one another with mutual affection. Honor one another above yourselves. In order to honor one another, one must first honor his or her self. We must know what it feels like to love ourselves and be devoted to God. Through honoring ourselves, we start showing and producing affection and honor through Jesus Christ. The world may not even understand your love and affection for them. They may think you’re a little weird. But you know the Lord has revealed something to you that is beyond worldly thinking. The Lord said, ‘If you love me, the world will hate you.’ Christianity should not be portrayed as a weak faith but instead as a faith of certainty. that others might see the light in you. Whether or not they like it is not up to you. Do your job for the Lord and He shall comfort you. Treat people as Jesus did, treat people as Jesus commanded us to treat people (Romans 12:10). “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7). When we accept others, the Lord finds delight in he who loves unselfishly. Before we were saved, and even still today, many Christians were once unbelievers. That didn’t stop the Holy Spirit from seeking us — convicting us and bringing us to repentance and salvation offered at the cross. “Just do your part. The Lord will begin to show you to not even bother yourself with people’s behavior and attitudes. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up” (James 4:10). When we have the attitude Christ would have us show to the world, God will work in our lives and give us peace of mind. Change has to start within us. We have to find out what is wrong before we can make any improvements in ourselves through the Lord. Confess all to the Lord and proclaim your grievance with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is waiting for you. You can talk to Him day or night and it doesn’t cost you anything. Most of us understand that God gave us free will. He wanted us to use that will to serve Him. “But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. If we served each other with complete love we would have harmony” (Gal. 5:13). “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices” (Colossians 3:9). When we live in the Spirit, things in the flesh are replaced with spiritual wisdom. In order to understand our command through Jesus to love one another, we must also look at the opposition. The opposition is the devil. He would have us argue, hold grudges, be bigots, belittle, gossip, and say hurtful things behind each other’s backs. A tongue is like a sword that cuts our insides. Our tongue can also be a sword of comfort and positive reliance. You need that sword against all evil and the Lord has shown us through His word how we should use our words. Being conceited can be a self-destructing attribute. “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other” (Galatians 5:26). Sometimes, the Lord allows us to rise to certain positions at work or in society. We still have to be humble. You can be a leader without being conceited. The only way to live this way is through the strength of our risen Savior. The world won’t understand your humble attitude. We need to seek God for His guidance. God wants to hear from you and me! God will come to your rescue — just call out to Him. He will answer you (not necessarily the way you expect) but He will answer you! “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). I think the main idea is that we no longer act out of worldly ideologies; rather, we seek the Spirit and He will guide us. There are so many more verses dealing with love. Please seek them. It might help you in trials you might face. Maybe it’s someone at work, a family member, a spouse, etc. God will hear humble, sincere prayers you ask in Jesus’ name! J.Cyr D.C.A, (C) 2013 Twitter.com/s8veyourbreath @s8veyourbreath firstname.lastname@example.org