Being a Christian is about imitating Christ and having that Christlike behaviour, not sometimes, not when we feel like it, but all the time. Sounds tricky? Well we like to complicate things, and God likes to simplify. His word teaches us the basics about loving others, putting them first before yourself, being kind hearted and gentle, meek and considerate. But are we really any of these things?
Take a look at how you behave if someone treats you unfairly or nastily. Do you slander them and moan against them? Do you talk about them to others to make them sound bad? Well, let’s be honest, we all have right? This is the exact opposite of Christs example of his unconditional love. We feel the need to defend ourselves against people when we should be leaving all the defending to god.
When people have a problem with us, or speak badly about us, we need to not take it personally (even if it is) and ask god to defend us instead of we ourselves. He is God and he is in control of everything so we should treat him that way. Our reaction to others should be consistent, righteous and peaceful, no matter what they have or haven’t done to us. Why? Because this then shows Christs love a maturity, something that God notices and is proud of! He will be so pleased to see we are taking his word and acting on it, not just reading it.
So let’s trust god and make our reaction out opportunity to please our father.
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