We will never regret extending kindness, even when human nature tells us to withhold it when unreciprocated.
I've been pondering what this looks like as a believer.
1) Do I love only when loved?
2) Do I forgive only when forgiven?
3) Am I kind to those who hurt me or my children?
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
We radiate joy!
Or do we?
Would anyone really want to come into our camp? Are we clenching our fists and sporting a frown while passing judgmental glances...even at our brothers and sisters?
Or are we extending our hand in greeting to everyone we see? After all, we might be the only glimpse of kindness they get.
Think of it this way: When you walk into a room of people (not close friends and family, but people you know), do you bring them up, or take them down? Will folks breathe a sigh of relief when you leave the room, or will they miss your presence?
I know, we all have a story, some written in tragedy, some simply circumstances of inconvenience. We can't choose our trials. We can only choose our response. Do we mourn with those who mourn and celebrate with those who celebrate?
Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
It doesn't mean we all have the same passions or agree on every issue. We are, after all, uniquely crafted by the Father. We have different personalities and appearances, but one thing is universal: how we treat one another.
Like it or not, we are accountable for everything we do...or don't do.
After all, we have hope, y'all! This life isn't as good as it gets! This is only preparation for eternal life with Christ! That, my friend, is something to celebrate!