Treat Others With Dignity
‘Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” ‘
– John 4:10 (NIV)
Sometimes God hides our blessings in very simple places. He sometimes places unassuming men around us with potential blessings for us but we fritter it away because as usual as men are we always judge by outward appearance.
The Samaritan woman objected to lending a helping hand to a Jewish man for cultural and ethnic reasons, yet she had no idea that He was the gift of God to her with the capacity to quench all thirsts!
Beloved, don’t underrate anyone, and never look down on others for any reason.
2 Corinthians 4:7 reads; “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
1 Samuel 16:7 also clarified further, “But the Lord said to Samuel, …People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Let us learn to treat all humans (men or women) with respect. Do not forget that Abraham in doing so, unknowingly attended to angels, (divine emissaries, harbingers of his blessings) and his life was changed.
Do not be biased, tribalistic, critical, segregational or selective as regards gender, ethnicity, academic standing, and financial status of those around you. Rather challenge this way of thinking right now and submit same to the Holy Spirit.
You can choose to open your heart and love all. Stop arriving at conclusions about people simply by the way they look or speak or by how much they earn.
Honor the creativity of God in people’s lives for He made them and in honoring them you honor God.
It is a new season. Let us touch God and be a blessing by the way we treat those around us.
Glory to God for giving us great examples throughout the Bible of people who defied the status quo and chose to be a great blessing to those that came across them, examples like Noah, Abraham, Priscilla and Aquila, and even Peter’s mother-in-law.
I am sure you can also mention a few people in this era like Mother Theresa, your Pastor, and probably a relative or friend.
How about you? It’s time you and I join the list and be an example indeed. and if you are already, then keep getting better at it and shine the light of God’s love brighter and brighter.
Dear Heavenly Father, I repent of every bias mindset and traditional orientation that has hindered me from walking in the love of God. Help me to live by the love of God and not by my feelings. I receive grace to make the right choices in my relationships today and always.
In Jesus Christ’s precious name, I pray, Amen