Treating Others Kindly

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. Luke 6:31 (NKJV)

I was attending a Market Place Ministries Luncheon a couple of days ago where many business owners and workers throughout the community of Yucaipa were in attendance.  Dr. Steven Miller was the guest speaker, and we were blessed as he gave his testimony of how God has impacted the way he does business.  As he shared some experiences and wisdom, one phrase seemed to catch my ear—probably because it was so simple, but profound.  He said, “I try to treat my customers very special and make them feel like family.”

As I thought about this statement I immediately thought about how every one of us likes to be treated special, and it is a pretty cool feeling when you go into a business and they treat you like family.  The principle isn’t a new one—in fact Jesus has given us the basis for how we are to treat others—He said, “just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”

Think about how different this world would be if everyone simply obeyed this commandment.  The fact of the matter is even Christians can find themselves not following this rule, and this is because it is much easier to treat others at times in the same manor we are being mistreated.   God understands we will encounter unruly, angry, rude, and even mean people throughout our life, but it doesn’t change the way He wants us to act towards them. 

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. Romans 12:14, 17 (NKJV)

The truth is we will all struggle at times in being genuinely nice towards those who are anything but nice to us, but we can find ourselves being very successful when we realize our acts of kindness and love are being done as unto the Lord (Col. 3:17, 23; 1Cor. 10:31).  Think about it, how will anyone ever see the love of Jesus if we don’t allow Jesus to love others through us? 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to live for God in everything we do.  Let’s choose to make those around us feel special by the way we treat and speak to them.  Who knows, maybe they’ll want to why we are the way we are, and then we can share Jesus with them, and give the glory to God.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what could we learn with respect to how God wants us to treat others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: How do you like to be treated by others?  Are you willing to treat them in the way God wants?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to treat others with courtesy and respect, regardless of how they may treat us. 

Let’s Pray…

Father, Thank You for teaching us how we should treat others.  Help us to be Christ-like when we encounter those who are mean and rude.  Remind us of Your Word, and change our heart to be more like Jesus.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

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