What if God treated us the way we treat others — would you still be here?
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind;” 1 Corinthians 13:4
If you don’t have charity, you will profit nothing. In this passage, charity is defined as love — a love that comes with no strings attached. This kind of love is gentle, kind, straightforward and without limitation. It is to be shown to others regardless of their status in life, how much money they have, what kind of car they drive or even how they treat you. Simply love. Simply Christ — in me.
Charity also represents an element of kindness. Kindness is gentle, helpful, willing and exercises initiative. This kind of love to other men will improve their life, and in the process will change your attitude toward others and will improve yours. This love, when returned to God, shows obedience to His desires and commands and lets Him know that you recognize your place compared to His plan and that you’re willing and ready to be a part of it.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:3
Remember as you pass people each day, before you reply with a sharp or degrading remark, that there are two sides to each person’s story. The story of their lives will depend on what you write on their pages.
If God treated you the way you treated others others today, would you still be here? What would your day be like, reaping in return what you’ve sown in other conversations? Think about that tonight when you pillow your head, and again tomorrow when you wake up — make a difference tomorrow.