This week, a network sports reporter was suspended for a week because of what went viral online … a video of her verbally berating an employee of a towing company. I won’t dignify any of her comments by listing them here, and if you haven’t seen the transcript, it will make your stomach turn.
First, let me say, I recognize we’re all human, we are all sinners, we all make mistakes. However, it’s been said that what’s inside one’s heart will, sooner or later, surface to show the true condition of one’s heart. So, what’s the condition of your heart?
Jesus didn’t mince words when he spoke about how we should treat others. “Love people, as long as they don’t tick you off.” Nope. “Love others – when they do nice things for you.” No way. John 13:34-35 says this: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” The bar has been set high … because WE have been loved, WE are called to love others. And if that wasn’t weighty enough, He says that people will know we’re with Jesus by our love for others. And “others” is just vague enough to be all encompassing … the person you don’t get along with at work, the neighbor who mows their lawn at 6am on Saturday morning, the driver on his phone who cuts you off without regard … yes, these are all the “others.” And we’re called to love them. Matthew 5:44-45 says: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you …”
Loving people … it often begins with our words. Remember what you mom used to say? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Might have been good advice for the reporter who now finds herself in a firestorm of criticism.
So, this week, this weekend, or even today, consider who you can uplift, who can you express Jesus to, who can you LOVE through your words and actions? Yes, it’ll be tough sometimes, even uncomfortable, but remember we have a great example of how to do it … his name was Jesus.