“Feel no pity for Theresa May…” was the title of a recent article, in a popular British newspaper. This was after she recently announced she was resigning as Prime Minister of Great Britain, with tears at the end of her speech. It was just one of the many harsh cruel news articles about her, following her resignation.
Is it ever ok to be cruel, wicked, in words and action, to anyone, even when we have strong disagreements? Jesus preaches in Luke 6:27 (KJV) “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.” Wow, who can live like this in today’s world where revenge is celebrated in all our movies?
Apostle Paul teaches the same principle in Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJV) “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour [violent quarrels], and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Wow, wow, wow, who can live a life of kindness like this? Put away bitterness, put away anger, put away malice, forgive, be kind to one another! Can I really be kind in words or action to that person who abused my love; misused my hard earned money; spoke evil about me to the manager, to friends, to family?
Well, Jesus did preach that: “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7 KJV). So, I guess if we want to receive mercy, when we behave badly, when we get it wrong by mistake or deliberately, we have to be merciful to others. Thus, if we want to receive kindness, we have to give out kindness!
Dear God, teach us how to be kind in this revengeful world, Amen!