Be kind and encouraging

Love is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with
pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act
unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its
own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is
not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of
the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
1 Corinthians 13:5
I have learned that one of the secrets to my own personal peace is letting people be who God made them to be,ratherthan trying to make them be who I would like them to be.                                     I do my best to enjoy their strengths and be merciful toward
their weaknesses because I have plenty of my own.                                                    I don’t need to try to take the speck out of their eye while I have
a telephone pole in my own.
A woman I know was widowed not long ago, and she was telling me about her relationship with her husband. This
woman is pretty strong-willed and likes things to go her
way. She told me that when she was first married, she noticed a lot of things about her husband that annoyed her.
Like any good wife, she told her husband about his annoying
traits and habits so he could change.
Gradually it dawned on her that although she was very good
about telling her husband all the things about him that
needed to change, he never returned the favor!                                                  As she wondered why, she realized that somewhere along the line
her husband had made a decision not to look at—or for—
her flaws. He knew she had plenty! But he wasn’t going to
focus on them. It occurred to her that she could continue
to point out all his annoying traits—or she could choose not
to, just as her husband had done.
At the end of our conversation, she told me that in the
twelve years they were married, her husband never said an
unkind word to her. I think we can all take a lesson from
that.
Trust in Him Ask God to help you be kind to everyone. Don’t
say an unkind word today—focus on the strengths of the
people you come in contact with, and do all that you can to
encourage them.
From the book Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer.
Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords.
All rights reserved.

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