“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
This is something that has been weighing on my heart lately. Not only with the amount of bullying that goes on in our world today but also in the simplest interactions in families that I see. You can spend a chunk of your lifetime raising kids. You teach them manners, how to treat other people along with a ton of other stuff that is useful for them as they grow and when they get older. Only to see as they get older the disrespect and unloving actions they choose to show. You look at them and say what went wrong because I didn’t raise them like that. Then when they get in trouble for those words or actions they go right to their favorite tag line “I didn’t do anything”. They don’t like being held accountable/responsible for their words and actions. In our world today this does not just pertain to our kids. There are a ton of adults that need to learn this as well. Love is an action of putting others before yourself.
“”I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.””
Jesus set the example! Check out the verse above. As well as the fact that He chose to die on the cross because He showed ultimate love for you and me. He also asked us to follow that example. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.” John 13:15
This world would be in a much better place if we all strive to follow the example of love that Jesus already set. We also need to hold those in our lives that are walking down a different path accountable/responsible for the way they treat others in their lives. Sometimes you will not get anywhere with the discussion and sometimes you will. When you hit a wall with some people turn to Jesus and pray for their heart and let Him do what you can’t. Let this world know you follow Jesus by your love!
Be Blessed, Dave