Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo;
Friday, August 2, 2019;
(Don’t Let Others Spoil Your Good Character)
👤 Pastor Chris
📖 TO THE BIBLE
Romans 12:2 CEV “Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.”
◀️ LET’S TALK
Edith noticed she got the cold treatment each time she said a kind “Hi” to Linda. Linda would even look and hiss at her, for no apparent reason known to Edith. All the same, she made up her mind to not quit saying hello and being nice to her each time their paths crossed. She had hoped that sooner or later, Linda would come around and say “Hi” as well. And sure enough, after some time, Linda thawed and started responding positively to Edith.
Unlike Edith, there’re those who would respond differently to such ill-treatment. They would rather allow their good character to be wrongly influenced by the negativity they get from others. That someone doesn’t respond nicely when you greet them isn’t enough reason for you to react negatively. You’ve got to keep on being the nice, loving, and caring one; it’ll pay off sooner or later.
The question to ask yourself before deciding to act contrary to your good behavior should be: “Would it be right for me to do this?” If it’s not, then don’t do it, even if that’s what you feel like doing. Maintain your good character, and don’t allow your personality become corrupted by the negative actions or comments of others. Rather, respond in love to those who hurt or despitefully use you; that’s what Jesus says to do (Luke 6:28).
When you act this way, you’ll be protecting your own spirit, and at the same time promoting love, harmony, and unity.
🎯 Go Deeper
I refuse to allow the negative attitude of others rub off on me. Rather, I choose to do the Word by responding to them in love.
📚 Daily Bible Reading
Romans 6:15-7:1-6, Psalms 60-63
Ephesians 5:9-16, Isaiah 53
Is there someone who’s been cold and unfriendly towards you? Don’t respond in the negative; just keep loving the person, and pray to God that he or she will have a change of heart.
✍️ My Notes