Recently, while teaching, I postulated that a person attitude toward another say an awful lot about his or her faith. To say it more plainly, how one acts toward another tell everyone about that person.
So, for those of us who cherish the label ‘Christians,’ the question arises… what kind of person are known to be? Are we known for our kindness? Or are we seen as a person who rude? The Bible is clear that our action speak loudly! It is incredibly easy to give an excuse for not being kind to another. We may be mad or the person may deserve our resentment. The person may be known to be unkind and we may feel justified in our callousness. Yet, Scripture is clear that our attitude toward others is a reflection on our faith. Ephesians 4:32 states, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” According this verse, how we treat one another is truly a reflection of our understanding of Christ work. Being kind, tender-hearted, forgiving is not done because that is the kind of person we are. Rather, we act this way because of the love that is conveyed through the salvific work of Christ. John writes in the fourth chapter of First John that, “…if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
The point is plain, we should love one another because of the love we have received. Yes, a person may have committed an offense toward us. Yes, some people are just difficult. Yes, some people are hard to love because they are irritating, brash, vulgar, self-aggrandizing, self-deprecating, or a myriad of other things. Yet, my brother and sisters, the truth is whose you are is seen in the way you treat others!