Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 5:15
As followers of Jesus we are to be sure that we don’t pay back wrong for wrong. That is mercy. That is grace. That is the way the Lord Jesus did it…and does it still! And we are even called to help our brothers and sisters to choose this way of mercy and grace…this way of Jesus.
But we are not only told to be sure that we do not act in any vengeful, self-seeking-justification kind of ways, we are also to go well beyond that. We are to always try to be kind. That demands that we develop a mind-set that chooses to think and listen…a mind-set that chooses to not respond too quickly from our own initial (ticked-off) gut reaction…whenever we are in an the midst of a tense or frustrating circumstance with another person. A mind-set that is completely set on allowing God to lead and direct our thoughts, words and actions. A mind-set that is conformed to the mind of Christ.
We are to always try to be kind. Always. This is not just the absence of doing something wrong as payback. This is a proactive, intentional, unselfish choice to be kind. Always. To always try to be kind to those within our most intimate circles…and to everyone else.
Our God is the God of no loop-holes. In Jesus and through His loving, merciful, compassionate power…we are to always try to be kind to everyone.
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane