When my boys were young there was a family we got together with on a regular basis. This family had young boys too and when our families were together they enjoyed playing with each other. All except one boy. It seemed strange, but when I would see this mother with just this particular boy, he would be well behaved and a pleasure to talk to. However, when he was together with his brother and several of my boys there was a transformation. He could not get along with any of them. He was constantly tattling and arguing and just being contrary. He was a perfect candidate for the label “does not play well with others.”
It’s sad, but I see this all the time in the adult world as well, and Christians are not exempt. One of my boys works for a car dealership and he made a statement the other day that has made me think. He said it was disappointing to see how many of the rude, demanding and grouchy customers were the ones with Christian bumper stickers on their cars and their radios set to Christian radio stations.
We have no excuse to ever be contrary to anyone. If you check the scriptures there are four groups of people mentioned.
Our enemies. Luke 6:27 says, “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
Other believers. John 13:35 says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Neighbors. Romans 13:10 says, “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Strangers. Matthew 25:35 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
We would have a difficult time finding a person who is not in one of these groups. In every case, we are to show love and kindness. We should never be in a situation where we’re the one wearing the tee shirt that says, “doesn’t play well with others.”
Be like Jesus to the people you encounter today.