As Christians we often get “discouraged” or “hurt” by the words or actions of others, and based on those very “words and action” we then determine our behaviour towards these people. Their actions determine our actions. Their words determine our words. And it doesn’t matter how right we consider this, it isn’t. The reference point for our actions as Christians is never the individual, never society and it’s norms; never the government and it’s charms.
Colossians 3:23 orchestrates this point by explaining how we are too act and behave; “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”. Two points here and very key ones (a) In whatever we do, whatever manner or capacity we are to do it “heartily”, that is genuinely, warmly, sincerely. The second point (b) is that in determining our actions and words, we are to do them as if it’s unto Jesus Christ Himself. So HE is our reference point, not them! That’s sobering.
The scary part is that as much as we may try downplay this verse, or deceive ourselves in our actions towards others; Colossians 3:24-25 makes clear God’s position – HE will JUDGE righteously and our actions and words will not escape.
“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is NO RESPECT OF PERSONS.”
With God, WRONG IS WRONG, Child of God or NOT!