Helping the Hurting
The closest thing to the heart of our God is helping hurting people. God loves when we sing and worship and pray. But nothing pleases God more than when we care for His children.
John Bunyan said, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot pay you back.” Be on the lookout for somebody you can bless. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time, your listening ear, your arms to encourage, or your smile uplift. Who knows? Maybe just putting your arm around somebody and letting him or her know that you care can help begin to heal that person’s heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:15
How you treat other people can have a great impact on the degree of blessings and favor of God you will experience in your life. Are you good to people? Are you kind and considerate? Do you speak and act with love in your heart and regard other people as valuable and special? You can’t treat people poorly and expect to be blessed.
The Bible says we are to “aim to show kindness and seek to do good.” We must be proactive. We should be on the lookout to share His mercy, and kindness, and goodness with people. Moreover, we need to be kind and do good to people even when somebody is unkind to us. Evil is never overcome by more evil.
Walk in Love
When somebody doesn’t treat you right, you have a golden opportunity to help heal a wounded heart. Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude or inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. The last thing they need is for you to respond angrily.
Keep taking the high road and be kind and courteous. Walk in love and have a good attitude. God sees what you’re doing, and He is your vindicator. He will make sure your good actions and attitude will overcome that evil. If you’ll keep doing the right thing, you will come out far ahead of where you would have been had you fought fire with fire.
Aim for Kindness
When that coworker walks by you and doesn’t give you the time of day, God expects you to go the extra mile and be friendly to him anyway. When that employee at the grocery store checkout counter is curt with you, your initial response may be to act rudely in return. That’s the easy way; anybody can do that. Why not show them some of God’s grace and mercy?
Aim for kindness and give them a word of encouragement. After all, you don’t know what they may be going through. They may be living in hell on earth. If you return their venom with more vitriol, you could escalate the conflict, or your response could be the final straw that causes them to give up and sink into utter despair. Neither scenario is pleasing to God.