Do Unto Others
Posted: Friday, December 26
Verse of the day:
The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation. (Psalm 145:9)
Have you ever heard the saying, “Show me who your friends are, and I will show you your future?” Basically the quote is saying that who you spend time with is who you will become like. As we grow in our relationship with God we should start becoming more like Him and possessing more of His characteristics.
Part of God’s character is that He is good to everyone and is full of compassion. I know for myself I am not always good to everyone and definitely not always full of compassion. There are times when I can be short with people who frustrate me, and there are times when I’m not always compassionate towards someone’s hurt when I feel like they have willingly walked into the situation. God though is always good to everyone. He doesn’t have favorites and He doesn’t love one person more than an another.
In order to become more like God we need to intentionally work on becoming good to everyone we come in contact with and becoming more compassionate. If you are anything like me I begin to make exceptions to this—“what about the people who don’t deserve it? What about the people who don’t treat me right?” Jesus answers these exceptions in Matthew 5:43-48, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
This isn’t something that comes naturally, and it’s not something that is easy, but it is an endeavor that is worth our effort. If you find yourself really struggling to show God’s character spend more time with Him! Ask Him to give you His heart for others. He wants to help you!