We have an obligation to treat people with uttermost kindness no matter what we “feel.” Not many months ago, I had a family member that always seemed to pick on me and when I prayed…I kept hearing…”Show them how much you love them today.”
Okay Lord…I replied.
This went on everyday for months…originally I was reluctant to do it and then one day I began to do it from my heart. The person totally turned towards me for the better. I later found out that they were and had been gravely ill and it was the illness that caused the problem.
I found out that it is much easier to be kind to others and there is great gratification and an instant reward if you need that.
Perhaps this seems like an oddly appropriated article. I hope so; I really do because I am afriad it isn’t.
What I’ve found out is that we all don’t treat everyone the same. We have a way that we treat our families, a way that we treat our friends, a way to treat strangers, a way to treat neighbors, a way to treat people from church, a way to treat people that we do not like to varying degrees and then there are business people and the people of no effect to us. The no effect part means that we keep seeing them and interacting with them but we haven’t put them in a category yet.
But…again the question…who are you being mean to. Perhaps, you are aware of the polite meanness; the one that totally disregards the person as though they do not exist. Perhaps, they are different than you, older than you, think differently, not of your belief, not of your faith…there are a host of dynamics.
Maybe, mean is a strong word, maybe you’ve never verbally been nasty or snubbed them…but maybe you’ve just ignored them, not given them the benefit of your time.
Is mean the opposite of being nice? Well, that depends upon whose lens you are looking through.
Examine all of your interactions, with your family members (especially the ones that sometimes rub you the wrong way), with your friends, your acquaintances personal and professional , people you haven’t seen and really decide if you have been kind to them.
We have a directive to Love our neightbor as ourselves…
Here are some scriptures to meditate in that will Bless you!: