FAMILY DEVOTION FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 19
Theme: The Vision of Build The Hill — Treating Other Christians Like Christ Would Treat Us.
by Phil Simpson
“Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.” Eph 4:29-32
It’s very common on TV and in movies to hear people being very rude to other people. It seems like no one speaks kindly anymore. Sometimes we want people to think we are strong or tough. Sometimes we get mad at something they did or said and try to put them in their place. Sometimes we’re in a bad mood and just don’t care how we talk to people.
In Ephesians the Apostle Paul very clearly lays out how we are to speak to other Christians. After all, Christians are our family. We should be the kindest to the people we love. Jesus commanded us to love other Christians. In fact he said everyone else will know we are Christians if we love them. John 13:35. What we should be doing is treating other Christians just the same way we want them to treat us.
So how should we treat each other?
First, speak kindly to each other. This means only say something that will build up the person who is listening to you. Vs 29. This means we are not to speak or yell angrily. We are not to argue needlessly, and we are not to say mean things. That’s what malice means. We are only to say those things that are gracious. We should be Christians people want to speak to because we are nice!
What kinds of things should we stop saying?
What kinds of nice things should we say?
Second, we are to treat each other kindly. In Vs 32 it says be kind and tender hearted. Tender hearted means to be sensitive to other people’s pain. When someone is having a bad day, a kind word or gesture will often be a bright spot for them. Many times people who are sad or just frustrated need someone to be sensitive to their bad day and just show a little kindness. We also treat each other with kindness when we forgive them. That means when their bad day causes them to be mean or say unkind things to us, we forgive them. We respond with kind words and actions.
How can we be kind to someone who is sad?
How can we be kind to someone who is having a bad day?
By treating other Christians like Jesus wants us too, we are showing each other and any unsaved people around us that Jesus is alive and living in us! We show them that we are different because of Who lives in us.
SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR THIS WEEK’S “FAMILY CONNECT”
Family Connection: Treating others like Christ would treat them
Do you have someone in your life that you treat differently then Christ would? Be honest, maybe it is someone at school or work, or someone from church, maybe it is even our children or our spouse. Together as a family pray that God will reveal that person to you and allow Him to help you start treating them like Christ would treat them.