I don’t mean the “treat” in trick-or-treat, that the kids did yesterday. They had fun and got lots of candy. “How do you get your kids not to fight over the candy,” a friend asked my daughter. Carina has no problems with her kids. If they start fighting, the candy goes in the garbage. They put it all in one container and pick a treat every day for afternoon snack. That way the Halloween candy lasts them a long time! And nobody fights about it!
My “kids” with their pastor’s kids ready to go get treats.
I followed them driving their van slowly behind. It was fun watching their enthusiasm calling at the doors. I wish we would have that enthusiasm when it comes to giving people the Good News. That’s the best “treat” we can ever give someone!
Here is what I read this morning about how to TREAT each other:
- Be devoted to one another in brotherly love
- Honor one another above yourselves
- Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else
- Encourage one another and build each other up
- Live in peace with each other
- Encourage the timid
- Help the weak
- Be patient with everyone
- Be kind and compassionate to one another
- Live in harmony with one another
- Be sympathetic
- Love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins
- Serve one another in love
- Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ
- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit
- In humility consider others better than yourselves
- Do not lie to each other
- Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another
- Forgive as the Lord forgave you
- Never tire of doing what is right
(See the Scripture references: Rom 12:10; 1 Thess 5:15,11,13-14; Eph 4:32; 1 Peter 3:8; 4:8; Gal 5:13; 6:2; Phil 2:3; Col 3:9, 13; 2 Thess 3:13.)
This is my “treat” for you this day. By the Golden Rule we know that we need to treat others as we ourselves want to be treated. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).