As long as I’ve been a Christian, I’ve noted two spiritual pillars that are incredibly difficult to keep in mind. They are all-too easy to forget. One is to rejoice in our suffering. The other is to put ourselves in the shoes of another person whenever we’re dealing on the level of human relationships.
I will confess that I’ve had a hard time remembering these two things. And I’m in need of constant reminding of them.
And so is every other Christian.
So often, you and I are put in situations that involve other people, whether they be Christians or non-Christians. Our spiritual instincts always urge and prompt us to love . . . for God is love. But what does love look like on the ground? And how do we know if we’re really loving others?
I believe it will always look like this . . . “Treat others the way you would want to be treated if you were in their situation.”
In the words of our Lord:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)