Galatians 6:10 – “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”
We don’t receive salvation because of our good works, but we must focus on our actions and decisions and how we treat people once we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ. My focus must be upon how I treat all people and especially those in the body of Christ who are my family and my spiritual brothers and sisters.
My actions should reflect compassion and love and represent the mission and the character of God. I must be patient with people and offer them forgiveness and treat them with respect. I cannot be racist or hateful or hurtful and I must allow room for others to be imperfect, yet still be in a relationship with me.
I don’t treat others well because they deserve it. I give them unconditional love. Unconditional love is never visible when a person is doing the right things. It looks the same as conditional love and is untestable. Unconditional love can only be observed in unfavorable conditions. When a person is living and acting and choosing in a way I disagree with. Only then can I evaluate if I truly love unconditionally.
Now, certainly this doesn’t mean you don’t have healthy boundaries, but only I can decide if I’m treating people poorly or I’m truly establishing boundaries. Boundaries keep you from infringing on me, whereas treating people poorly means I am infringing upon them. I must evaluate today if I am truly doing good and representing the Lord in all the people I encounter today.
Today’s Watchword: #Unconditional
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