Treat Others with Grace and Dignity
Love is a Decision You Need to Make Daily
by J.M. Troppello
I tweeted the following statement the other day:
Imagine if everyone treated each other with grace and dignity.
I know that’s never going to happen here on earth. This is a fallen world. Ever since Eve took the forbidden fruit and also offered it to Adam, the perfection of God’s Garden of Eden was gone. Sin had taken root.
However, it is something to dream about – especially with how depraved our world has become today. Common sense has flown out the window. Common decency seems to have evaporated into thin air. Anger and frustration have taken the place of love and kindness.
I also tweeted this as well around the same time:
Jesus told believers to be a light to this world (Matt. 5:14-16). I see more ‘Bible bashing’ and judgment than light shining in our world today. I’m preaching to myself too. Light dispels darkness. It attracts people to it. Be a light in the world today. Love is a choice.
I know that the love of many will grow cold.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matt. 24:9-14, NKJV)
Jesus stated these words when he sat with the disciples on the Mount of Olives, and he responded to their question about the timing of the end of the age and the destruction of the temple – which Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24:1-2.
I’ve definitely felt the love of many growing cold these days. Many have become offended. People have been hating and betraying each other – and lawlessness is abounding. It should be no surprise to Christians that all these things have been occurring all around us.
I’ve read this passage from Matthew many times in the past. However, living through even a small percentage of how bad it could possibly get, has been emotionally draining. It has saddened my heart greatly.
However, I need to hold onto the last statement that Jesus said to his disciples in this conversation with them. And the Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
I know I am heaven-bound. I am saved. One day I will be in Heaven.
Yet, I’m still here on this earth. That means God still has plans for me. I need to continue growing in my faith in the Lord. I need to worship God. I must do my part to show love to others and share my testimony of how God saved me. I must not be afraid to share the good news of the Gospel.
Most of all, I must NOT live in fear of all that is going on in the world today. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Neh. 8:10, NKJV)
This passage is from Nehemiah 8:10 when Ezra, the Scribe read the Book of the Law of Moses to the people after they asked him to read it. The people were gathered in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate. You can read more in the full passage in Nehemiah 8:1-12.
When the people understood the Word of God, they wept. They realized that the standard of the Law of God was high, and they were in low standing. Thankfully, we are not living in the Old Testament times when sacrifices were needed. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for us all.
Ezra told the people not to be sorrowful. He told them that the joy of the Lord is their strength. As a Christian, you have a relationship with the Lord. As you continue to cultivate that relationship with God, you too can experience the joy of the Lord – as you focus on Him and not on the negativity that is running rampant in this world. When you are continually in communion with God, that joy will become an ever-present well-spring from Him into your life. Embrace that joy. Don’t focus on the negativity around you.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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