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Have you ever had someone make fun of you? What is one example you remember?
People can be mean. If you think hard enough you can probably think of a few instances where you were mean. On top of that, our words leave scars on people that are so much different than physical ones. They hurt deep and the pain emerges each time that place is highlighted. God wants each of His children to experience a fully alive life, and knowing what kind of pain we can cause with our words by how we treat people and by not forgiving people will help guide us to being a beacon of hope in our schools.
This is my commandment: love each other in the same way I have loved you.
Why does Jesus use Himself as an example?
We have all heard the saying “what would Jesus do.” It can be super cliche but if you think about it, it can be a great head check on how you are treating people. Jesus uses himself because He still had emotions, he still got mad, sad, upset, frustrated, but He in the front of His mind was the constant reminder that He loves people despite our mistakes. That is what needs to be at the front of our minds too.
Should we treat people better than they deserve? Why?
The answer is undoubtably yes. We cannot use people’s mistake as a flag on why they should be treated badly. Instead, we should look at people through the lens that Christ looks at them. If we think about how valuable each person is to Jesus, we see that Christ came to die for each sinner. We should always treat people better than they deserve because Christ loves us more than we deserve.