God dropped something in my spirit…
How are we treating people?
Are we showing pure love towards others as the Bible tells us too?
Does our character please God?
Do we carry anger and bitterness in our heart?
Have we been mistreated and pushed aside, so we feel the need to do the same to others?
Are we teaching the younger generation to love, hate and talk about others?
Does being hateful and mean to others make us happy or proud?
Are we hurting others because we was once hurt?
Are we able sleep at night carrying all that bitterness and guilt?
These are just few questions we all need to ask ourselves. Are we who we say we are? Do we hide behind a mask of who we really are?
The Bible says in John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Loving others may be difficult to do at times, I totally get that. But even people we generally like can sometimes be difficult to love. It’s our sinful nature that makes us that way, both ours and the ones we try to love.
In the Bible we read that “Love” covers a multitude of sin. Love isn’t selfish, it is tender, passionate and selfless towards another.
I had heard someone say one time that they don’t like people but yet love them. Is that possible? Yes, To a point! But, if we Look at it from God’s eyes, does He say to His children “I don’t like people but yet I love them? In my opinion, No, He would never. God commands His children to love each other like He loves us. However, the world today doesn’t show love as God commands us too.
Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
In today’s world if we do something someone else doesn’t like, then they don’t like you. Then they start to show self distance, then gossip, and next quit having anything to do with you, period.
I’m talking about Christians in today’s world. How can we walk like God, talk like God and show an image of the fruits of the spirit but yet can’t show love towards your brother or sister in Christ. How is that love or fruits of the spirit?
Love is and action word, love in action should look something like this. If we can’t show these in action towards another we need to check ourselves.
1. Help them out of a tight spot – When Jesus attended a wedding with His mother, she asked Him to help the hosts when they ran out of wine. We may not be able to miraculously solve a problem, but God has gifted us in other ways to help. (John 2:1-11)
2. Get them help when you can’t help them – A paralyzed man received healing from Jesus because his friends dropped him through a roof at Jesus’ feet. They were willing to do whatever it took to get help for their friend! (Mark 2:1-12)
3. Pray for them – The Bible is full of people praying for the ones they love. The church prayed for Peter in jail (Acts 12:5). Jesus prayed for the disciples (John 17:6-19). Paul prayed for the Ephesian believers (Ephesians 1:15-23).
4. Rebuke them when needed – Sometimes the best way we can love someone is by graciously confronting their sinful, destructive behavior (Proverbs 27:6, Matthew 18:15-17).
5. Freely forgive offenses – Jesus eliminated the limit on forgiveness when Peter asked how many times he should forgive (Matthew 18:21-22). Some hurts seem unforgivable, but with God’s help it’s possible to “promote love” through forgiveness (Proverbs 17:9).
6. Humbly serve them – Jesus set the example (John 13:1-17). He calls us – His followers – to also humbly and graciously serve others (Gal 5:13).
7. Meet their physical needs – Scripture is clear. If we see a brother in need, have the means to help but don’t, our love for God should be questioned (1 John 3:17).
8. Rejoice and mourn with them – We show deep care for others when their hurts and joys are also ours. Don’t hold back. Let the tears and the cheers flow! (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).
9. Show kindness to someone they love – King David expressed his deep bond of friendship for Jonathan by caring for Jonathan’s crippled son Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:1-13).
10. Intercede with others on their behalf – Could your influence help a loved one? Barnabas smoothed the way for Paul with the Jerusalem church leaders (Acts 9:27-30). Paul wrote to Philemon appealing for Onesimus the runaway slave (Philemon 8-11).
11. Help two loved ones work out their differences – Does strife exist between two people you love? Be a mediator and help them mend their relationship. Paul asked the believers in Philippi to help two women in their church who were at odds (Philippians 4:2-3).
12. Introduce them to Jesus – Does a loved one desperately need to know Jesus? Share the Good News! Andrew introduced his brother Peter to Jesus (John 1:35-42).
13. Encourage and disciple them in their relationship with Christ – The author of Hebrews tells us to “spur one another on to good works” and “encourage one another” daily (Hebrews 10:24-25).
14. “Lay down your life!” – Seems pretty drastic, but that’s exactly how Jesus showed His love for us (John 15:12-13). The basic principle has much broader application than actual physical death. Jesus calls us to unselfishly seek to put others ahead of ourselves.
Loving others is a matter of the will, not the emotions. We tend to let our flesh run our emotions. We can’t keep doing that and live as God wants us to live.
“We need to “Lead By Example!”
This goes along with how poorly we treat another also. We can preach and repeat scripture all day on how we should treat others but if we aren’t living it ourselves then what are we accomplishing? Do we not have enough of God and His word in us to know how we are to treat one another?
If we want God to show us favor and blessings then we need to treat others how God treats us. We can’t think that if we keep acting towards others the way we do and treat them in such ways that we will have a spot in Heaven. It doesn’t work that way and God is not pleased by it.
Treat people how you want to be treated. God not once kicked you to the curb, forgot about you or stopped loving you. So why do so many treat others with such hatred and disrespect.
There’s people who silently cry out for help and you would never know it because of the flesh you carry on those shoulders abides in you more than God does. Is it to hard for us to show someone we care, to be a friend, to encourage the broken, to show love, to at least let them know they matter.
In today’s world people would rather spit on you, gossip, run you down to others than to lift you up, to offer a caring hand or words of love. The way people are treated by others is beyond me.
I once was out there drugged up, doing God knows what so yes I know how it feels. You feel alone, empty, like you’re not wanted, with so many emotions to follow. Ask yourself before you do someone wrong, speak wrong against them, Would God be happy with me? Am I showing love?
We all have sinned but that doesn’t give us rights to treat others differently.
Romans 5:8 says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
How would you feel if every time you sinned against God, Gossiped or treated God so unkind that He threw you away? What if He quit caring, etc? See, He doesn’t do us that way. He has a love for us that no man can even comprehend.
I know, I know, We give people chance after chance to change. But, so does God, yet He is still there with open arms to love you to forgive you, to except you.
God is love, He is a peace maker, He doesn’t bring Strife & Chaos. Want peace and unity in our life, then we need to show others love and kindness and give the same respect as we would want.
Remember God sees everything we do or say. We will be held accountable for it. So, wouldn’t the right thing to do is start treating others with the same respect as you would want to be treated? Stop the CHAOS!!! Stop the FIGHTING & ARGUING!! Stop playing Mr/Mrs BAD TO THE BONE!!
Stop throwing people away. Show them you care. Maybe by doing that you would be saving their life and yours. Without Jesus in our life, it’ll stay a constant mess. You’ll always be miserable. Your days on earth will not be very long either.
Favoritism, is another way the enemy uses to cause division. It happens in & out of church. This goes right along with how you treat others. STOP IT!!! God is NOT pleased by this.
That one person you push to the back burner is more of a Christian than some of those you keep around. The Bible tells us to treat others with love. Some of us don’t do that because we truly don’t know the meaning of agape kind of love. We reap what we do towards others.
Spread love, kindness and pray for others. The whole point of this is to let you know that we as Christians have to do better at treating others the way we do. It also says a lot about who we are. Are we being Christ like? Do we love others enough to sacrifice for them, even when they are not lovable?
John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”