I recognize her. She goes to our church. But she doesn’t know me. She doesn’t even see me.
The rude customer spews out venomous diatribes and rips the cashier into shreds for something that wasn’t the cashier’s fault. Yet, said-rude-customer unloaded on her anyway and, then, stomped off. Now, the cashier’s eyes are showing signs of leakage.
I’ve been pondering something. No, not a verse this time. Human nature. I hope you don’t mind if I grumble a little bit.
Have we lost our attitude of compassion and courtesy? Have we no love or care for our fellow humans?
A lack of kindness. Have you noticed it?
Everyone seems to be in such a hurry and absorbed in their own lives that they fail to be kind and caring. Even saying those two little words, “thank you,” seems lost.
The disciple John wrote, “Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know Him better.” (1 John 4:7 TLB)
He said that, “if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…We know that we have left death and come over into life; we know it because we love others.” (1 John 4:11 NKJV, 1 John 3:14a GNT)
Encouraging the Galatians, Paul wrote, “So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family.” (Gal. 6:10 Voice)
He exhorted the Thessalonians, “Don’t be hateful to people, just because they are hateful to you. Rather, be good to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thess. 5:15 CEV)
Why do we have to tear down one another? I don’t understand it. Paul also encouraged the Thessalonians, “So encourage each other and build each other up…My friends, we beg you to warn anyone who isn’t living right. Encourage anyone who feels left out, help all who are weak, and be patient with everyone… (1 Thess. 5:11 NLT, 1 Thess. 5:15 CEV)
Jesus tells us just as He told the disciples, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12 NKJV) Those are red-letter-words. Are we obeying them?
I think we have too many year-round-Grinches! Their hearts have shrunk two sizes. Let’s show others how hearts filled with the love of the Lord can grow more than three sizes.
“And now I want to urgently remind you, dear friends, of the old rule God gave us right from the beginning, that Christians should love one another.” (2 John 5 TLB)
So, my sweet friends, my heart today says…
seize any opportunity to do good and love others.
Support one another. Keep building each other up.