“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you–no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessings.”
1 Peter 3:8-9
We need to be all the things Peter listed. Sympathetic: At least listen to one another to see if there is anything to be sympathetic about. Loving: That’s not so hard if you open your heart. Compassionate: Be like Jesus. Humble: Get down low enough to look up now and then. All of this is easier said than done.
Some people find fault in everything–the sun must come up in the West for their days to be so terrible. I’m a positive person and look for the good in people. Sometimes that gets me into trouble. However, I’d rather error on the side of being too nice than to be seen as someone no one wants to hang out with.
We have the right to express our concerns. I do it from time to time in the local newspaper under the “My View” column. It gives me an audience for hearing my side of a story. Often, I write in rebuttal for someone who has been beaten up by a person who is out to retaliate for everything that’s gone wrong in government or within our neighborhood.
It must be a sad existence to live like that.
Lord, help us see goodness in everyone and everything. Amen.