There are times we all have been mistreated by a fellow believer one way or another. In fact, all of us have mistreated a fellow believer at some point. Maybe it was through how we communicated with them or an unkind act that did not reflect the attributes of Christ.
In times of mistreating one another, can we ask ourselves, how many times have we honestly went back to apologize. This is something most of us are not willing to do. When we hurt one another the Holy Spirit is grieved. Do we ever sense His grieving? Are we sensitive enough to feel when He is grieving? Or, do we just go about our merry way hoping He will forget and how we mistreated a person will eventually go away?
In my own life, there have been times I had to go back and apologize at that very moment to a person, whether the individual was a fellow believer or an unbeliever.
There are times we can be having a bad day and the first person that come near us, we take out our anger on them. However, God does not want us treating anyone unkind especially those that are of the household of faith. This is also so if God chooses to use us to minister to that person in any way, there will be no walls up.
One of the fruit of the Spirit is kindness. I am very sure that when Jesus was in HIs earthy ministry He did not go around being mean to others especially to His disciples. Could you image Jesus being mean to His disciples, then saying, “Come, follow me.” Do you think they would have left all they were doing to do follow someone that was mean and unkind? Absolutely not!
This is the same attribute we must take on daily. We must examine our own heart to be sure we are not treating others unkind especially our fellow sisters and brothers. How can we love the one we don’t see if we don’t love the ones we do see?
We can live in the place of kindness if go each day examining our own heart daily by allowing the Holy Spirit and the light of the Word to show us areas we may not be so nice.
Let’s all of us as believers of Jesus Christ make it a daily practice to treat one another kind so we will stop grievng the Holy Spirit we say that live on the inside of us.
Let’s stop hurting one another today by treating one another how Christ have treated us.
*But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22;23
*Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
*So then, while we have every opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”I. John 4:20