Be careful how you treat others, you never know whose hands you are going to fall into.
This is a true statement. How many times have we treated someone less than godly only to find ourselves needing them for a project, advice, finances, wisdom, connection, etc.?
I remember how I treated one of my business partners. I was awful and certainly less than Christ like. To say the least, he called me out on what I had done. I thought that I covered my tracks of dishonesty. I am glad now that I did get caught. Him discovering my actions forever delivered me from treating people this way again. Not only did I tear down a huge trust I had built with him over the years, I also imbrued the image of Christ.
I am thankful that he and I are friends today and still work together on many business projects. I begged his forgiveness and he granted.
Looking back on my time as a senior pastor – my “youthfulness” as a leader got the best of me. I made terrible decisions based on my own needs and desires rather than those I was called to lead. I hurt a few people along the way.
Some of the people were not only church members, they were my friends – and you always need your friends. After apologies and time, we are all still friends. I am grateful for that.
Let’s look at the scripture…Esther 2 & 3
Esther, Mordecai, and Haman are a great picture that we can look upon in order to see this truth in its purest example. Little did Haman know that Mordecai was the Uncle of the newly appointed Queen Esther. Haman is enraged at Mordecai’s refusal to bow down and worship him so Haman sets out to destroy Mordecai and all the Jews.
We know the story – Haman’s plan is found out then hung on the noose that he had prepared for Mordecai. He is hung on his own noose.
I say it again - Be careful how you treat others, you never know whose hands you are going to fall into.
The noose is always prepared for those that mistreat others. The breath of relationship will be constricted till the relationship expires.
Not only should we treat people for relationship sake, we should treat people well for Christ sake.
Do you find that you too have fallen into the hands of one that you have mistreated?