If you have lived long or just a little while on this earth, you have probably experienced the sting of someone being unkind to you. Perhaps it left you feeling sad, bruised, hurt, or if it was repeated, maybe it made you quite upset. Maybe you wanted to dwell on the pain, or just couldn't get it out of your mind--the way this person has hurt you.
But there is much that we can do that would be much more beneficial. When someone has been unkind, instead of becoming bitter, angry, or resentful, or dwelling on the hurt, instead we can:
- Think of the times we have been unkind to others and make amends if possible. Of course, ask the Lord's forgiveness as well.
- Think of all of the Lord's kindness to you, and do your best to still show that person love.
- Let it be a reminder to take more time to think before speaking, for oh, how our little tongue can be a burning fire if not controlled!
- Use this as an opportunity to grow closer to your loving Saviour, knowing that He is never unkind, and never unjust.
- Let the unkindness you were shown be a reminder to be sweeter, more loving, more patient, more understanding, and more kind yourself. This is what comes to my mind most often--how can I be more kind to others? Am I showing them love? Am I speaking in a way that shows my care for them? Am I loving them in my heart? Surely if we are not truly loving in our hearts, we will not be able to show genuine love to others.
This is a little list of reminders I have come up with for myself. Perhaps it will be a help for you as well, and please let me know if you have any other helpful ideas.
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