Tuesday, September 23, 2014

~ "Doing it for God..."

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering..." (Col 3:12)

We, as God's chosen people, are dearly loved.  We should be people with compassionate hearts, displaying kindness, humility, meekness and patience.

No all of the people we come across every day display these attributes.  We are required to interact with people who are unpleasant, nasty, ghastly, vile and revolting.  Their attitude reflects that of privilege and power and their is no room in their world for anyone who is not perfect, and the "powers that be" turn a blind eye to their despicable sense of importance.

So, what do you do?  You could complain (that and $1 might get you a cheeseburger at McDonald's), you could avoid them, but better still is to go out of your way to show them the compassion that Jesus would show them.  No, you aren't doing it for them, you aren't doing it for yourself either!  Most often, people who are "ugly" and "nasty" expect others to react to their horrific attitudes.  They thrive on it (it's their drug of choice).  What they don't expect is for people to display a genuine kindness, a compassionate heart.

We don't just carry the love of God, we need to share it as well.  God tells us to love our enemies.  My mother told me to "kill them with kindness".  My brain says they "need to go away", but my heart, which is filled with the love of God, speaks the loudest -- love those who shun, love those who persecute and do it for his glory, not mine!!!