Tuesday, March 29, 2011

how we deal with others

Death.  Moral failure.  Sickness.  Loss.  All of those have come across my path this week.  It is my desire to minister to people in grace and how Jesus would respond.  Literally how we deal with others can help them see and experience God.  

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

John 13:34 NASB
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Ephesians 4:32 NASB
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Romans 12:10 NASB
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

Powerful truth from God changes our lives.  How we deal with others demonstrates a lot about our character and what we believe.  Those verses say we are to love, forgive and encourage others.  Being kind goes a long way.

In the last few days I have come across the opportunity to be kind to others several times.  But I have also had the opportunity to look the other way or simply be unkind.  I have a choice in every situation, and I believe that God calls His kids to always take the high road.  Always be kind.

That doesn't mean that we are not honest.  You can speak the truth and do it in love.  It is not easy, but it is always right.

Ephesians 4:15 NASB
but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

The choice is ours.  How we deal with others either communicates we love them or just don't care.  How we deal with others demonstrates we are God's kids or we are not.  May our actions and responses point people to Jesus!

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