How often am I moved to compassion for those around me? How often is it something more like an annoyance, even criticism, and complaint? I have to admit I often have critical thoughts when “mistreated” in a small way. Ouch!
Yet, God has shown me this on purpose for a greater purpose.
I’m convinced God highlights the needs of others by their behavior, which is often a cry for help! The invitation to pray for them is simple but difficult when I am busy complaining about inconsiderate behavior.
Yet, God shows me time and again that if I humble myself and pray for them quietly in my heart, their behavior may not change but I am behaving like Him. Take it a step further and say something kind and loving and wow! Jesus just used me to be His voice to a hurting soul. Positive thoughts and words replace my grumbling negativity!
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 gives an awesome definition of our Lord’s love for all people. It’s a tall order to follow!
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT
Isn’t God’s love amazing? It’s for you, for me, and for “them” too!