“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
— Ephesians 4:32
One of the hardest things to do in life is to be kind to other people. How many times has someone cut in front of you in line, talked about you behind your back, or just plain annoyed you for no reason at all? When you’re in these situations, how do you usually respond?
The easy response is to get even, lash out or do something spiteful right back to the person who did you wrong. However, as a Christian we are called to love others. This verse challenges us to be kind and forgive others regardless of how they treat you.
You can’t change how someone treats you, but you can choose to respond to them with kindness. I recently read a story about how a mirror reflects our actions. If you smile, it smiles back at you. If you scowl, the face of an angry person glares back at you. This law of “reflection” is mirrored (no pun intended) all throughout the Bible. As you do, so it will be done to you. If you bless others, God says you will be blessed. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven. Live generously, and His hand of generosity will be open to you. Therefore, live a life of kindness, compassion, blessing and forgiveness. When you remember what Jesus did for you and how much he loves you, it empowers you to love others. You begin to value other people when you see how much Jesus loves you.
Make it your prayer and goal to give to others the very thing you seek. Allow your life to be an example of tender-heartedness and blessing. In the Holy Spirit’s power, we truly can “walk in the way of love”.
– Pastor Rich Bifano