Treat Others How You Want to be Treated
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Today’s Special is: Choosing Love
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Connie Hughey
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
Luke 6:31 NASB
Among the dozen family pictures hanging on our living room wall, my favorites are those from our early years. These pictures are proof that my husband and I used to be younger and thinner. They are also a reminder of how cute our kids were when they were little.
When our oldest, John Mark, was a child I gave him the nickname ‘cute guy’ because he had a sweet smile and a pleasant temperament. His easy-going personality made it a joy to spend time with him.
Then his hormones kicked in when he turned twelve. While it was a normal part of growing up, this change became a challenge for him due to his autistic tendencies and physical disabilities. John Mark’s personality went from being sweet and lovable to argumentative and disagreeable.
My ‘cute guy’ disappeared. He wasn’t quite as fun to hang out with as he had been when he was younger.
As John Mark has grown older (he is now 29), he has not outgrown these challenges. At times he is even more difficult to live with. And we spend a lot of time together because I am his full-time caregiver.
It is hard to live with someone who is usually in a bad mood. While I understand that his disability gets in the way of him responding appropriately to me, my natural inclination is to fight back when he is negative.
What I need to do is respond the way that Jesus wants me to.
Treat others the same way that you want them to treat you.
Luke 6:31 NASB
I want to be loved by those who know me. I do not want to be rejected because of my weaknesses. I want to be treated with compassion and understanding. John Mark deserves to be treated in the same way.
It matters to God how I treat John Mark. He wants him and every person to be treated with respect and dignity, me included.
I choose to love and serve my son, even when it is difficult.
Do you have a difficult person in your life that God is asking you to treat with love and understanding? How are you allowing Him to help you do what He is asking you to do?
Dear Lord, thank You for the difficult people in our lives. You ask us to love them in spite of how they treat us. Please help us to look beyond their actions and reach out to them in Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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