When people are lost, they’re usually not very cheerful.
When we’re hungry, we can be grouchy.
People who don’t know Jesus yet are lost AND hungry
–only they may not even realize it.
When we see someone who is physically lost, we don’t need to say the words, “Hey, you are lost.”
(They already probably noticed that. aaand… it wouldn’t help the situation much either.)
Probably it’s not the best way to help someone who doesn’t know Jesus yet, either (of course, it actually may work well in some situations.)
When I’m hungry, I don’t need someone to tell me, “You’re hungry.”
I can already FEEL it.
Some people are STARVING –but they don’t know WHY they’re so hungry.
People try to fill this void with stuff the world offers.
But it won’t work.
On the inside they may feel empty, used, frustrated, or grouchy
–and on the outside — IT SHOWS.
(OH, how it shows!)
Why show kindness to people who are being mean?
— You may be the only representation of Christ that someone sees all day. —
Sometimes when somebody is physically (or spiritually) lost and you show him the right road, he may be grateful.
But sometimes, he’s embarrassed that he didn’t figure it out by himself and that embarrassment shows on the outside.
Be kind anyway.
If it’s a Christian who is being mean, maybe there is sin that has caused some infection and when we’re dealing with an infection, we don’t feel well all over. (The Holy Spirit helps heal this.)
(…Quite possibly, it’s sin of unforgiveness, whether toward another person or self.)
Everybody understands that a wound needs to be cleaned out well, even though it hurts, so that it can heal properly.
(The same is to be said with emotional wounds.
No wonder there are so many grouchy people in the world.
They -whether Christians or not- may be carrying around hazardous material inside their heart and head.
We’re not supposed to carry that stuff.
And it’s heavy.)
We can be kind on purpose, and remember that everybody falls down sometimes.
Also, the enemy is pretty skilled at shooting poisonous darts of confusion into an otherwise peaceful day.
Sometimes the enemy we’re fighting is not the person standing in front of us.
And it’s no wonder. It’s not even a physical fight we’re fighting most of the time -but sometimes it’s hard to see it.
You want to make this a fight of flesh and blood. But it’s not. It’s spiritual with the powers of darkness. THE ENEMY IS AFRAID OF what YOU can truly become. (from the movie King’s Faith)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
The cool thing is that this being kind thing doesn’t even have to happen with your own power; but God is right there, just a breath away, with Power we can’t even comprehend and HE will stand us back up. HE gives us the grace to show other people love even when we don’t know how or don’t feel like it.
When I am weak, HE is strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9b-10 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Dear Mean People, Jesus loves you! Just sayin’… It’s not fun to be around you. But we (I – and other people who notice you’re grouchy) want you to know Jesus loves you because when you really know this, you won’t be able to stay mean. Then you will be much more fun to be around. Love, Somebody who cares about you.
(I can’t leave this without saying that prayer is where I find The Best Help.)