Most of us were taught at a young age to treat others the way we want to be treated, but how many of us actually live by that golden rule? Being kind is easy when others treat you with kindness… but what about when someone “bumps into your happy” by cutting you off on the interstate or when a friend calls to tell you something hurtful she overheard someone saying about you? What about when your toddler yells “Mommmmy!” for the fiftieth time before lunch or your husband comes home at the end of the day and complains about the house being a mess?
Colossians 3:12-14 says, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” This scripture tells us how to treat other people. We are to put on love & kindness and have compassionate hearts. We are also to be patient, humble and show forgiveness when people mistreat us.
No one is kind all the time, but if we become more intentional with treating others how we want to be treated, I believe the world would be a better place. I love smiling at strangers and seeing them smile back at me. I believe that one small act of kindness, even if it’s just a smile from someone you pass on the street, can completely turn around someday’s day.
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