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“Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.” -1 John 2:9-11

You may have someone in your life who is rude, short with people, not good with people, but then you see this person open the door for someone. You acknowledge it and you say, “That was really nice when you opened the door for that person. You’re very polite, aren’t you? You’re a very polite person.”

Now watch. All of a sudden, every door gets opened, right? Now, they’re always the first to help with the dishes, compliment your new car, and share the lemons off their lemon tree with others.

What happens in someone who is rude, is when you’re able to see the opposite, you’re able to see someone who is polite. And, by pointing that out to the person, they see you as someone who sees them as polite. That’s not something they want to lose. You bless their life, and then they start to bless those around them.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I will do my best to honor the good actions of others, especially when those people are normally not that nice. May the light you’ve planted in my heart grow and light the hearts of others with your love. Amen.

REFLECTION: How have you seen someone change for the better due to the encouragement of others?

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