How should we respond to the people who are different than us? After all, aren’t we supposed to treat everyone equally? Aren’t we not supposed to judge people? In a word, yes.
Though sometimes the concept of being Christlike can seem vague, I hope these ideas make it a little easier to see how you can be like Him and show His love this week!
If we don't obey the Bible and love other people, the world won't be able to see a difference in us. And neither will the church.
Don’t feel like a failure if someone you care about doesn’t listen to your advice or outwardly show appreciation for your concern. Though it may feel like you’re being rejected, you never know what God is doing in his/her heart. Maybe He is using your encouragement so he/she will change. Only that person can make a choice to change. Only God’s work in their heart will make them live differently.
It’s easy to brush off the advice from a friend or the warning from a parent or sibling. It’s easy to feel like you’re being bossed and pushed around to do what you don’t want to do. Sometimes, the thing you don’t want to do is the exact thing you should do.
Your little actions make a big difference. So how do we learn to smile, even if we’re having a bad day? How do we learn to be genuinely friendly?
Conflict happens. But let’s not start pointless squabbles about things that don’t truly matter. Let’s focus on the fact that we as Christians need to give God glory in everything—even with our opinions.
I'm not nearly as friendly or kind or loving as I should be. I need to step out and stop thinking about myself for more than 30 seconds each day. Because someone out there is hurting, and someone out there is thinking about committing suicide or inflicting pain upon themselves.