"Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses." Prov. 10:12
The other day I felt offended that someone I worked for didn't do right by me . So being human that I am, I started running my wonderful mouth to my husband about what I thought this lady should have done and I judged her.
Some minutes after I had ran this wonderful lady down to my husband, she called me and asked after my wellbeing and did exactly what I had complained to my husband about.
When she ended the call, I felt so bad within myself and told my husband I wish I had not said those hurtful things about her.
I wished I had let the Word of God rule my decision at that time.
If I had let love rule my decision at that time I would have made excuses for her and being a little bit more patient.
Just like Christ on the Cross allowed love rule Him when we crucified Him; He made an excuse for us before the Father saying 'Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Luke 23:34 we should also do the same to those around us.
It is not easy to do but if we let the Holy Spirit help us, He will do so gladly. The Word says we have been given the Spirit of love "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Tim 1:7
I had a choice to either say hurtful things about her or make excuses for what happened. If I had decided to be a little bit patient and asked her a few questions, I would have known the reason for her behaviour and not judged her.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1Cor 13:4-7
Let's choose to love others just as Christ loved us.
Heavenly Father, I ask you for grace and strength to love my neighbors just as Jesus loved me in Jesus name. Amen