“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 14:28)
Have you ever showed attitude toward someone? Maybe a cheek or a cold shoulder? We treat people with whatever emotion and feelings we have at that very moment. Sometimes we’re sad and seek comfort from those around us. Other times we’re just angry and all we want to do is find someone to blame and take our anger out on. But the worst feeling of all? Not feeling loved and not wanting to love in return. Lucky for us, we have Jesus who taught us how to love and how to treat others. How did Jesus love? Let’s see.
“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”. (Phillipians 2:1-11)
How do you treat the people around you?
Take a moment to think about this for each of the following categories: family, friends, neighbors, random classmates, strangers, your teacher or you boss.
How did Jesus treat others?
How did Jesus treat those times of anguish and pain? How encouraged are you to live with that loving mindset?
I will say that, for myself, I don’t always treat others right. Sometimes I feel spiteful. Sometimes I feel lonely or hurt. Other times I’m just angry and or just wretched. So what can you do when you’re in that state? Going to God isn’t always option 1, but it should be. Paul instructs us to do nothing out of selfish ambition, but to do things with others’ interest in mind. I know I don’t always “consider others better than myself”. Or I don’t treat them like I should.
But think about Jesus. He took all that pain and lowered himself to the standing of a servant. He loved and he served. He saved and then, He lived. That’s how we must live. There’s a song that goes something like this; “We live, we love, we forgive and never give up, cause the days we are given are gifts from above, so today remember to Love.
“Jesus gave us the commandment to Love one another. As He has loved us, so we need lto show compassion and love to others. If you dont know how, ask Jesus to teach you to love like He does.”
Heavenly Father, you are so awesome, you never cease to amaze me. I praise you for my wife, my family and my friends that express their love into my life everyday. Please teach me to live my life by loving others like You Love me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
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