It can be tempting to judge ourselves by how we respond to those who treat us well.
It’s easy to be kind to those who are kind to us. But perhaps a more accurate moral assessment can be made by looking at how we respond to those who treat us poorly. There are many ways in which people can mistreat us, from lying to us, to insulting us, to ignoring us, to stealing from us, and even to abusing us physically or emotionally. How we respond to these insults is probably the best measure of our character. How we behave in times of health and prosperity says very little about us. How we behave in times of sickness and adversity speaks volumes about our character. Courage stands out on the
battlefield when bullets are flying and not during target practice. So perhaps at the end of each day we should reflect on how we treated those difficult co-workers or clients, and how we dealt with the people we consider unworthy of our kindness. Thank God for the opportunity to test your mettle by giving you difficult people in your daily life. They truly are the least of your brothers.
– Christopher Simon
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
—Matthew 25:40 NIV