Do you react or respond when people are rude to you or offend you in some way?
When we react to an offense, it is usually instantaneous and in a way that does not reflect the love of God. However, when we respond to an offense, we choose how we react. Humans react with their emotions. Jesus always responded to people in a controlled, loving way. Jesus never changes! Hebrews 13:8 tells us that
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Nobody ever changed Jesus; He always changed those around Him! We determine whether we react or respond to how people treat us. When we live as the world lives, we usually react. When we respond with the love of Jesus, we are ambassadors of the Lord on this earth. This is why we can trust the promises made in the bible – Jesus is the same always!
People that are unhappy will usually try to pass that state of mind onto other people. You know the old say, “Misery loves company!” However, if you are able to respond in love, you might change how they look at the world around them. God expects us to live and to walk in His Spirit – don’t give in to the expectations of the world and Satan.