Scripture

1 Timothy 6:2 (ESV)

Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these things

Observation

Sometimes we treat visitors better than those who are with us regularly. While showing hospitality is important we also need to show those whom we love respect every day. When someone comes over to our home we’ll wait on them and make sure that everything is just right. That’s great, but why don’t we treat our loved ones, who we are with every day, the same way? You might think that’s a bit much but didn’t Jesus tell us that we’re to serve one another in love?

We become comfortable around those we love. So comfortable that we take them for granted. We expect that they love us and know that we love them, and somehow, that seems to make it alright. Someone may say that “love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV), but this doesn’t tell us to treat people poorly. We know that love is patient. Sometimes we show more patience with strangers than with those whom we profess to love. Yes, I know that you’ve heard that story a thousand times. Listen, because of love. There will come a day when she won’t be around to tell it anymore.

While God knows your heart, and no one else does, you might wonder what’s in it when you don’t treat those you love with the same attention that you give to a stranger. Jesus tells us that people will know that we are His disciples when we show love to one another (John 13:35). Therefore, let’s put our pride aside and love each other as Jesus loved us.

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. Nothing is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so that we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.