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Entertaining Angels with Kindness
We All Have Bad Days
The morning was a mess with the kids missing the bus or you spilling coffee on your work clothes. Does it set your mood for the whole day? Don't let it do that to you! Life is too short to be grumpy even for a day.
We all have bad mornings and even worse afternoons or evenings. It may get to us for a while, but let it roll off you and truck on through the day as if something else good can come. Especially where others are concerned, we should be kind. We cannot let the happenings in our life effect how we treat others.
What if you were a grump to everyone you came in contact with in a day? Later you realized how mean you were, yet the woman at the grocery was still so kind to you.
Could there be a reason she continued to be nice to you even though you grabbed your bags and headed out of the store with a thank you gritted through your teeth?
Maybe, just maybe, she was an angel. Who else could be so nice after you were hateful? If it was an angel, does it make you think twice about how you will treat others from here on out?
Listen to the song below, and think about it a minute.
What if She's an Angel? Tommy Steiner
- What if She's An Angel by Tommy Shane Steiner - YouTube
I do not own this song, nor anything associated with it. All rights to their respective holders.
How Do You Normally Act?
Are you normally a kind person to the people you come in contact with through your day? Maybe the bad day we talked about before makes you mean, but generally you are kind. If we put ourselves in a position to think that an angel could be among us any day, would it change your normal behavior to squeeze out the hatefulness you display at times?
When I think about the possibility of someone I see as just another human being actually being one of God's helpers from heaven it makes me think twice about my behavior. I would treat an angel nice, wouldn't you? So, why not treat everyone nice? Anyone could be an angel. See the Bible verse below.
Could it be an Angel to Help Protect Us?
Now that i have you thinking about it. Can you think of interactions you had with others that were different, and you walked away thinking, "What just happened"?
It doesn't have to be an odd situation, but maybe you sensed something was different about the person. Have you ever had someone appear when you needed it or you bumped into them suddenly and that person helped you freely without asking. God has angels to help us when needed, but they are not personal bodyguards.
It says in the Bible in Psalm 91: 11-12, "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
So, God could send an angel to us in human form to tend to us as needed. God gave us free will, so He doesn't intervene with that, but He could protect us in His plans for us.
Is there a moment you can think of now that a stranger intervened on your behalf? Maybe you stepped into traffic, and a stranger put his arm out in front of you and held you back from a car careening your way.
I almost got hit by a car when I was about ten or eleven. I never told my parents this story because I was so rattled by the experience.
We were shopping for shoes on a Sunday after church. My stepmother and siblings were in the store, and I ran back out to the car to get something. It was rainy and the roads were oily and slick. I had on dress shoes since I was dressed for church. On my way back to the store, I ran because the rain had picked up and I was getting pretty wet. A car came out of nowhere, and was headed right for me. The car was going pretty fast in a parking lot. I tried to stop, but I slid in my dress shoes. The car saw me at the last minute, and tried to stop as well. I slid down to the ground onto my back, and the lower half of my body went under the back of the front wheel instead of in front of it. I had missed being rolled over by inches.
It frightened me, but I quickly got up unharmed. The driver rolled down the window and began to get out. I looked at them, and said I was fine, and ran into the store. I only told the story to one of my sisters, and put it behind me.
As I think back to it now, there was no person who appeared to protect me, but something I felt prevented me from harm. I believe it was an angel. If God sends HIs angels to us in invisible form, why not physical form?
Angels Here on Earth to Test Us
Knowing that God sends angels to earth to protect us, could he also send them to test us? I don't think he tests us, but He may use them to keep us ready to serve.
At my workplace in a hospital, we always have to be ready for a particular commission to come to our hospital at any time. If that commission comes, and we are unprepared and have violations in our hospital, we could lose some of our government reimbursement.
I think God works in a similar way in that He wants us to be ready for His son, our Savior's coming. If we know that angels could be among us, and we could actually be entertaining them at at any given time, we might be more wiling to serve just about anyone to prove how ready we are for our Savior. God calls us to serve others, and we need to be ready at all times to show our hearts are committed to Him through our actions.
So, whether you are kind to others because they may be angels or you honestly want to be kind to others, everyone benefits including you.
Be Kind to others Regardless if They are Angels
Doesn't it make sense to be kind to all whether or not someone might be an angel? God doesn't want us to be kind to just his angels. He wants us to be kind to his children as well, our fellow human beings.
Now every time I look at another person, stranger or someone I know, I regard them differently. I treat them as I would want to be treated. I see them as God's creation to be interacted with gently. Hey, if I do entertain angels and they give me a good review, that would be awesome!