Being patient with the inpatient; treating the unkind with kindness
Friday, July 05, 2013
Following are some things I believe God is trying to teach me. These are not easy things to learn and I can not do them without His help:
Just because someone dishonors & disrespects me does not give me the right to disrespect them back.
When I am disrespected by another, the one who has done wrong is the one who has shown disrespect. Somehow Satan would have us believe that we have done wrong or sinned just because someone else mistreats us; that's a lie. If that were the truth than God would be guilty of sin; God is probably the most disrespected being of all time. How ironic, the one who deserves the most honor of all man chooses to dishonor.
If we disrespect or dishonor the person back- that is sin. That is wrong. We are all made in the image of God. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek; to love our enemy. Maybe that is what turn the other cheek means. It does not mean to be a door mat and accept the lies and the abuse, but that we should still treat the abuser with respect and honor because the abuser is a person who is made in God's image; a person that God loves.
One day we will stand before God to give account for our days, our words. We will not be giving an account of how others mistreated us, rather we will have to give an account of how we treated others.
my prayer this morning: Jesus, please teach me how to treat those who disrespect and dishonor me. Teach me and help me to treat them with dignity, grace and respect. Teach me to do this because this is the right thing to do and it honors you.
Maybe that's it...when I disrespect or dishonor another human being I am ultimately showing disrespect to God. It is my desire to honor God; I do that when I respect those He has made.....everyone, even those who choose to disrespect me.
Here's a link to a song that I think goes perfectly to these thoughts:
Hope you all have a beautiful day!!