We all have bad days, and sometimes may find ourselves feeling like we can’t stand other people. Many people can be selfish or apathetic to others.
But as Christians, we are called to love all of God’s people. Which is everyone, whether they are a Christian or not.
How can we show this love?
It is difficult to love others like God does, especially on a day to day basis. Let’s review a Bible verse that many people may know.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
This verse is a cliché at many weddings, but it is meant to be applied to our lives and used to show love to EVERYONE we come into contact with.
We should be patient with the cashier who is moving slower than you might like.
Kind to the person who cut us off in traffic.
Don’t be jealous of the car your friend has, and don’t brag about what a nice house you have to others.
Don’t shame someone because they made a mistake. Help them fix it.
Don’t get angry at your spouse because they forgot to do something.
Don’t hold a grudge against your parents or siblings because they hurt you 5 years ago.
You never know what a stranger may be going through. What they may be feeling. What they may have lost.
Showing them God’s love, rather than our natural instinct to act selfishly, may bring some sunshine to their rainy day.
Yes, some people may not be experiencing any kind of suffering. But that shouldn’t stop us from doing what God wants us to do.
We’re not perfect and we will mess up. We’ll forget about one of these things and accidentally hurt someone. We may have a bad day ourselves and be rude to a stranger.
But when this happens, we must learn from it and be intentional to be Christ-like next time. We should strive daily to love like God.
To show mercy and kindness, even to those we may think are undeserving. Because none of us deserve God’s love, but he still cares for us deeply and we should share this blessing with others.
Thank you for this great reminder.