Reflecting Grace by How We Treat People (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 251)
Luke 6:31 (NLT)
Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
We may not think about it like this, but each and everyone of us have people in our lives who serve us on a daily basis. A trip to your favorite restaurant will show you a waiter or waitress who is a servant in disguise. The secretary at your office, the receptionist at the dentist, the barista at Starbucks, your husband, wife, parents, children, your child’s teacher and coach all are people who serve you. One of the best proofs of maturity and tests of character is how you treat the people who serve you.
The Bible tells us to treat people the same way we would like to be treated. If someone was rude or disrespectful to us, we would not want to have anything to do with that person. We would want someone to serve us and take care of our needs. It is the same way coming from our end. God is watching our behavior and we do not imitate him when we express rude mistreatment and negative attitudes to the people who serve us.
If we were to be judged on the basis of how we treat people alone, where do you think you would rank on a scale of 1 to 10? We may not be judged on the basis of how we treat people alone, but God is watching whether we are grateful for the people God has placed in our lives. How we treat others reflect God’s goodness and grace in our lives or a lack of it. Take time to assess your own interaction with people and see whether courteousness, kindness, love, a heart of service is evident. Wherever your heart is, there will your service to others be also.
Like charity, kindness and respect begin at home. Isn’t it strange that we tend to treat strangers better than we treat family members. We’re quick to express disapproval or show disappointment to someone in our own household who crosses us in some way. Kindness is love wrapped up in the simplest and smallest of ways. It is helping to carry the load, doing more than is expected, and being respectful of each other’s time and space.
“Don’t treat people the way they treat you. Treat people the way God treats you.”
— Dave Willis