Matthew 7:12–In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
2nd Corinthians 5:20–We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
The famous Hindu leader Gandhi once considered converting to Christianity. After reading New Testament several times, he began to believe that Jesus’ wisdom and sacrificial lifestyle reflected the true nature of the Divine.
During this spiritual quest, he visited the United States, a country which at the time claimed to be a Christian Nation. But while traversing the Deep South, Gandhi was treated in a very un-Christlike manner. Some restaurants forbade him entry because of his skin color. A number of white churches turned him away from their racially-segregated sanctuaries. By the time the famous leader’s American tour was finished, he’d made up his mind: There was no way he could justify converting to a religion that tolerated such hatred and injustice.
It’s tragic that this history-transforming man was alienated from Jesus by a few narrow-minded, hard-hearted believers. But facts are facts, and that’s the way it happened.
St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel everywhere, and if necessary, use words.” A child once prayed, “God, please make all the bad people good, and all the good people nice.”
Be nice. Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We are called to be Heaven’s ambassadors, and you never know who your behavior might be influencing.
Today’s Prayer: All humans are created in your image, Lord. Help me others as I would treat Jesus today and every day.
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