Danielle came back from school saying that there was another girl in her class who was regularly making “curse” signs at her by spreading out her five fingers. She tried to demonstrate it.
I asked my daughter whether she would love me to teach her how to respond. She answered in the affirmative. I told her that even though she would feel like responding the same way to the girl, she should rather say to the girl, “I am unique. I do not copy others”.
I was excited about a week later when Danielle came to my office after school and said, “Daddy, I told her, “I am unique and I do not copy others”.
Beloved, there will always be a pressure to treat others the exact same way that they treat you. We, however, have to be different and raise the bar by showing the love of God instead.
Jesus taught us to raise the standard: “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.”
Then went on to say, “When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.”
He then tells us how God does it- “This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.”
Matthew 5:43-47 MSG
Will you be a love ambassador in traffic, in school, at work, at home, in church and anywhere you find yourself?
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