“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” - Ephesians 4:32
As humans we are imperfect. We make mistakes, we fail and we inevitably disappoint one another. Because of this, we need forgiveness. We should forgive others, because we would want others to forgive us. Put yourself in the position of the other person. If you were them, if you made the same mistake, would you want forgiveness? Forgive others, just as you would want to be forgiven.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13
Lend a Helping Hand
Think of others and put others first. If you see someone struggling, do not look past it. Take the extra second to help someone in need. If someone is struggling to carry something, offer to help lighten their load, if someone drops something, pick it up for them. These small acts of kindness may not seem like much, but they mean a lot to the people you are helping.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16
When someone is in distress, or unable to do something, be understanding. Life can get stressful at times and we get busy. In these times is when we need grace and understanding. If we are unable to do something because of prior commitments or health or any other reasons, we would want others to be understanding and so we should be understanding of others.
“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.” - Proverbs 14:29
Love One Another
Love others, even when they are unlovable. When people upset you or hurt you, it can be hard to love them, but we should love them anyway because in those times is when they need love the most. Love others and they will show love back to you.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34
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