Luke 6: 35: I tell you, love your enemies, give without expecting a return. You’ll never, I promise, regret it. Live out this God created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind, you be kind. MSG.
Learning to love others isn’t always easy. Christ is our example, we need to read how he managed it, and follow suit.
When I was young and unsaved, I had no “true north” to guide me. I always had a pretty good moral compass, but I could be snotty and mean. When my husband and I got married, we got saved at the same time. I had to fight my mean attitude constantly, but he truly loved people. I watched how he interacted with others, he wasn’t just “blowing smoke” as they say, he was sincere, he loved people. I tried to follow him as he followed Christ and I learned a whole lot from doing that. After he passed away many came to me and told me how kind and loving he had been to them. Trust me, he wasn’t always like that, he had a smart mouth before salvation the same as I.
When I heard all the kind things said about the man of God I lived with, I set my heart on being kind and loving to others. Jesus is really helping me. I find that I don’t want to belittle others and point out their flaws. (Matthew 7:5): Take the beam from your own eye first. And the more I began to strive to act with kindness, the more I began to realize that I was truly loving people. When I hear someone mock or criticize others, it hurts me. Every soul is precious. I realize also that some people are almost impossible to love, but we can act with kindness anyway. (Proverbs 15: 1): A soft answer turns away wrath. This is so true, and we need to understand that some folks never hear a soft answer, a tender word of encouragement. We have the ability to impart that to them and make their day much brighter.
With all my heart I am striving to love more, forgive more and encourage more when dealing with others. If I were to say cruel, hateful things to someone, I would surely feel regret, especially when I stand before my Father, but, I don’t believe I’ll ever feel regret from being kind. I pray that God continues to lead me and teach me in His loving ways. I want to be one who is known for loving others, because I know it pleases my Lord. Let’s try this week to be kind to at least three people. God will put them before us if we ask. Until next time!