Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Question: Do we have to be nice to people we do not like, or who are mean to us?
Answer: If you wish to have the benefits promised to those who are meek, you must learn to treat people the way Jesus did. Although there were times Jesus needed to be stern with sinners, he usually treated people with kindness, tenderness, gentleness, and courtesy.
“Be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves.” (II Tim. 2)
“Speak evil of no man . . . be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” (Titus 3)
“If selfishness has given place to kindness, we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless them that curse us.” (S&H 9)
“Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions.” (S&H 444)
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind . . . doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked.” (I Cor. 13)
“And life most sweet, as heart to heart,
Speaks kindly when we meet and part.”
(Mis. 388 and Hymn 30)
Practice: Watch for opportunities to be kind, even if you feel a person might not be deserving. God will be watching you, and He will know of your kindness.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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