Good morning. Happy Monday to you all. I pray your weekend was a blessed one. I send special prayers to every person who is experiencing some form of sickness; physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. I declare your healing in Jesus name. There are a lot of physical sicknesses going around this time of year; however, we can’t forget the mental, emotional and spiritual sicknesses that are silently pounding on the hearts and souls of the people we love.
TFTD: Treat others like Christ
John 13:34-35King James Version (KJV)
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
During my morning devotional reading, the writer posed a question, “What if we treated everyone like Christ?” Now in the context that the writer was writing, the assumption was made that Christians treat Christ differently than others, better in fact. However, I would beg to differ. I like to think of the relationship with Christ like a parent to a child. You have some children who honor and respect their parents and then you have the rebellious child. If you are that Christian who lives to please God (your Father) then you go to Him on your best behavior and when you sin you go to Him with a heart full of repentance. This is the picture of the “good child”. Perhaps you are the Christian who knows that you should listen to God (your Father); however, you like to do things your way and learn lessons the hard way. This is the picture of the “rebellious child”.
It’s not enough to ask, “What if we treated everyone like Christ?” because some people treat others better than Christ. *HELP US LORD* I would like to add to the writers question, assuming we are all operating like the “good child”-What if we treated everyone like Christ-went the extra mile to show them love and when we have offended them are quick to go to them with a repented heart? How much better would the world be? What would happen if we stopped treating some people better than others based on how we felt, but we set a standard, a universal precedent that everyone deserved the same love and respect as the next person? I could say the body of Christ would function properly. There would be no clicks in the church. There would be no competition in the church. There would be no favoritism in the church. Everyone would be given the love and respect they deserve.
Do you realize when you come in contact with people you could be dealing with Christ or entertaining angels? Since Christ dwells in us as Christians, when you mistreat your brother or sister in Christ you are mistreating Christ? *OUCH!* What about those who are less fortunate than you? Do you turn your nose up at the woman who has five children and dresses in shabby attire? Perhaps you are nasty to the man who has an offensive body odor. Maybe you look at people who are homeless and try to avoid eye contact. Do you realize that lending to the poor is like lending to God? (Proverbs 19:17)
Take a moment to examine your life and ask yourself, “Do I treat others like Christ? Do I show love to others as if they were Christ? How can I improve on treating ALL people (even my enemies) like Christ?” As believers, when we show love to others that is a visual indication that we are disciples of Christ. If we pulled your life up on a big screen would we be able to tell that you were a Christian? Would we see the love of Christ ooze out of you to others?
I encourage you all to treat others as if they were Christ standing in front of you. Show ALL people love and then rush to ask for forgiveness when you have offended them. This is a TOUGH lesson, but a necessary one that even I need to improve on.
I pray you have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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