It matters how we treat others.
It is so easy to forget about others when our own toes have been stepped on. And in the process of taking care of our toes, we jump and stomp all over others.
Maybe you don’t, but I know I do. There is a short phrase from 1 Corinthians 13 that rings through my ears on daily basis. Verse 5 says, “…(love)…it is not irritable, it keeps no record of wrongs.” That’s the part that keeps coming back to me. I am tempted to keep a record. You know – small slights, charged responses, ambigious phrases. And then I remember the short phrase above and I pause.
Pause to remember that it matters how we treat others. In this short letter to the Philippians, Paul reminded them over and over again that it matters. He encouraged them to take the high road.
Read: Philippians 2:1-4; 14-15
I know it’s difficult, but it’s the only way that leads to joy and peace. Paul provides a key tactic in chapter four. Here it is:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8
You are what you think. Fixing your thoughts on what is honorable and true, produces positive fruit in your life. Fixing your thoughts on failures and slights produces negative fruit. Again, it’s your choice. Choose well.