Have you ever noticed that when you ask God, in all sincerity, to help you be a better person, He usually does – with a good dose of humility? If you ask for more compassion for people, He teaches by example and we will usually need compassion in some way. If we ask for patience, He will put plenty of opportunity in our paths!
The Bible says that love does not notice when others do things wrong. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) We can all use a reminder of that scripture at times. Why is it that we always easily remember that scripture when it is us making the mistake, but what about when it is someone else? Do we find fault and criticize them? OOPS!
This week, I had several people that God put in my path that were an example of His love, compassion and understanding to me. So often, He will show us by the example of others’ behavior toward us.
I had been praying for more of God’s love and compassion for others, and sure enough, He answered. First, by giving me the opportunity make the choice to visit someone that caused my family pain when I was a child. I had to laugh when I realized that God was behind this and giving me the opportunity to show compassion to them – and even though I had forgiven them – to be kind to them.
Next, He put a young couple in my path – I had just met them and they truly showed love and understanding to me. He teaches by example. In Lessons I learned from the Lord, I write that we learn from our mistakes, not our perfections. For isn’t it by failing that we seem to remember more easily and try to do better next time? But also, isn’t it when we fail and people are understanding and show love to us – that we want to “do unto others” and show them compassion when they fail?
We will all have these “oops” moments in our lives at times. So will others. Let’s remember to give them the love and understanding that we would want to receive ourselves.