how you want to be treated…

This morning I could hear my 7-year-old say to her big brother, “you treat people how you want to be treated,” as she began to tackle and tickle him. It was funny, and yet a glaring reminder of how our #1 family rule was being misused.  My attempt to teach them to treat others well is sometimes used as a means to justify a negative response. Truly, it’s a pretty human response. How often do we use other people’s own words against them when they fail? Or take one or two scriptures and use them to attack or condemn another person? I seriously doubt God’s intention for His words of instruction was so we would have a larger arsenal of tools to use against one another. 

Consider your heart and intent towards others. Are you more often convicted in your heart of your own shortcomings, or are the flaws and imperfections in others more evident to you? Even if justified, our anger and negativity towards others serves only to create a more toxic environment; to stifle growth in ourselves and others.

Choose today to love well. Extend grace. The bible says that “love covers a multitude of sins.” Chances are the person you are convicting already knows they struggle in that area, and further condemnation only feeds the feelings of inadequacy and hinders their ability to move past it. Choose to edify and lift up your neighbor. Remember, we treat others how WE want to be treated…

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