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Who Are You Being Mean To? by Elaine Davenport January 20-27, 2010

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!:

Stop being mean, bad-tempered, and angry. Quarreling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be king to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving you because you belong to Christ.
Ephesians 4: 31-32 TLB
For, dear brothers, you have been given freedom: not freedom to do wrong, but freedom to love and serve each other. For the whole Law can be summed up in this one command: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if instead of showing love among yourselves you are always critical and catty, watch out! Beware of ruining each other. Galatians 5: 13-15 TLB

Look after each other so that not one of you will fail to find God’s best blessings. What out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives. Hebrews 12:15TLB

Anyone who says he is walking in the light of Christ but dislikes his fellow man is still in darkness. But whoever loves his fellow man is “walking in the light” and can see his way without stumbling around in darkness and sin. For he who dislikes his brother is wandering in spiritual darkness and doesn’t know where he is going, for the darkness has made him blind so that he cannot see the way.
1 John 2: 9-11 TLB

A man with hate in his heart may sound pleasant enough, but don’t believe him; for he is cursing you in his heart. Though he pretends to be so kind, his hatred will finally come to light for all to see. Proverbs 26: 24-26 TLB




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I am a born again believer. I am a Prayer Intercessor, writer, wife, mom, sold out for God lady! I believe that Jesus heals. I also believe that many people need faith information and prayer and this site will offer this.

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