God’s Watching How You Treat People (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 281)
Romans 14:12-13a (NLT)
Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other.
Too many people falsely think that the here and now is all there is to life. They live for the moment, never once stopping to think about eternity and the effect it will have on them. Without a healthy fear of God, we tend to think we can treat people any way we want, disagree with others disrespectfully, and be accountable to no one but ourselves.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Scripture tells us that we will have to give an account of our thoughts and actions to God one day. We will have to face God and account for every mean thing we ever said to someone, every disrespectful attitude we ever displayed, ever negative action we ever did. As believers, there are many things that go against our faith and practice, but it is not our responsibility to judge other people.
Even if we know someone’s behavior is wrong, we can still show respect to them because that is how God treats us. Only God has the right to judge because he is perfect in all of his ways. We are not. He cannot lie. We can. He cannot sin. We do. Just as you and I will be accountable to God for what we do, every single soul will have to do the same. For good or bad, right or wrong, just or unjust, people are not accountable to us, they are accountable to God.
Many people, believers include, often use “telling the truth” as an excuse to be disrespectful, belligerent, irate, and judgmental towards other people. When we’re faced with the wonderful responsibility of telling someone the truth, it is not an opportunity for us to subtly show how much better we think we are or to highlight our moral superiority. It’s an opportunity to display love and grace — even as Jesus would. How we treat others is a reflection of what we truly believe about Jesus. If you believe all people are special because Jesus died for every single one, then you will treat them in that manner.
We can disagree with someone without being rude or arrogant. You may be right about what you’re saying and they may be wrong, but you will never win that person over if you go after them with a nail and hammer. Some Christians talk about how they are so disliked by the world. If you feel this way, take a look at how you treat people, how you respond to others, how you react to situations. It could be that the high ground you live on is sinking your ability to positively impact your environment.
“Love is much deeper than a feeling. Love is a commitment we make to people to always treat that person right and honorably.”
— Jim Rohn