In “The Edge of Adventure”, Bruce Larson writes: “Hurrying home after work, I entered New York’s Port Authority bus terminal, briefcase in one hand, newspaper in the other. The usual crowd was lined up behind the escalators that take suburban passengers to their buses. Just as I got to the head of the line, a hard-faced, middle-aged woman came up from my side, shoved in front of me, planted her elbow in my stomach, and stepped onto the escalator. Removing her elbow, I said with elaborate sarcasm, ‘Forgive me. I didn’t mean to shove you.’
“As she turned and looked me in the eye, her face seemed to fall apart. ‘I don’t understand,’ she said with apology and shock. ‘Why are you so nice to me? I was really rude- I shouldn’t have shoved in line like that.’
“I was at a loss for words. The woman had reacted to my counterfeit display of love as if it were real, and appeared transformed. I began to envision this woman as a person who’d been fighting all her life for a place in line. Humiliated by the pettiness of my first reaction and overwhelmed by the effect it had produced, I gathered my wits enough to mumble, ‘It doesn’t hurt to be nice to people.’ Then I ran headlong for my bus.”
What does it hurt to be nice to someone? I don’t know, but I do know what it hurts to be mean. It damages relationships, hurts people and destroys our testimony. We as Christians are to bring Jesus to this lost and hurting world. We are to show them the love of Christ, the love Christ bestowed on us. We are called to love everyone, even our enemies. Romans 12:14 says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” This is not an easy verse to practice but it will show how mature we are in your faith.
Maturity in our faith comes by putting verses like these into practice. We can talk all we want about being a “good” Christian but what matters the most is putting it into practice. So this new year do everything that you can to put your faith into practice. One way to do this is by genuinely being nice to people because what does it hurt to be nice to people?