Image by quinn.anya via Flickr“Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” ~ Anonymous
Have you ever had to deal with someone that you just didn't like? Have you ever had to deal with someone that you couldn't stand to be around? Someone with an attitude. Someone who is always ugly to you. Someone that your couldn't possibly see any good in.
The other day I had to deal with a person that I didn't like very much. Someone who has a history of being rude and obnoxious to me. I was prepared and ready to deal with them. Then when I saw that person I was humbled, for a moment my heart actually went out to them. It is almost as if God had me see them through his eyes. I felt an overwhelming need to just be as kind as I could to them, regardless of our past.
Sometimes people are mean for a reason. Sometimes it is their only way of dealing with a situation, a situation that they cannot control. Sometimes people take their feelings out on other people. Sometimes our situations define us and make us someone we don't want to be.
In everything that we do, we should always try to be kind. With all of the battles that we deal with daily, we need to remember that we are not the only ones. Everyone has their battles. But through our kindness, through our humility maybe they can see something more.
I'm not saying that we should be push overs but sometimes we just need to be kinder than necessary
Colossians 3:12 (NIV, ©2010) 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.