Reflection: Treat others well, as Jesus would. My four-year-old son has picked up a particularly annoying habit when in conversation with us – or his sisters – which he uses when he absolutely wants to reject everything about the interaction. He starts saying in a really loud voice, in response to anything you say, “Ignore! Ignore! Ignore!”. Yes, well. It isn’t particularly pleasant. Recently in a car trip, his two-year-old sister (who is picking up new words and phrases every day) wanted his attention – she hadn’t seen him all day. “Brother,” she started, only to be met with an “Ignore!” from the backseat. I cringed, hoping that she was too young to understand. But, alas. She whinged for a little while, and then…when her brother called her name a bit later, she responded with: “Ignore!”. He wasn’t happy! On this occasion, I reminded him of a truth which we often talk about: Jesus tells us that we should treat other people well, as we would want to be treated. You don’t like being verbally rejected and ignored by your little sister? Then don’t do it to her! This seems like such a simple truth, but, as with all Jesus’ teaching, it is profound and challenging to implement.
Question: How can you seek to treat others better, in a way that you would like to be treated, today?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for teaching me how to treat others. Thank you for showing me, by your example, how to love others well. Please help me to walk as you did, to treat others as I would like to be treated. Please give me your eyes to see the opportunities to do so, your wisdom to know what’s best, and your strength to follow through. Amen.