Why Should We Be Nice?

Why should we forgive?

Why should we be graceful?

Why should we be nice?

After all, there are some mean folks out there. There are some folks that don’t deserve our love and forgiveness. There are some folks out there that we shouldn’t have to be nice to.

Why should we be nice?

Today, in Luke 7, I feel like we get an answer to that:

47 Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’

To whom much has been forgiven, that person should show great love.

We don’t love because other people deserve to be loved. We don’t forgive because other people deserve to be forgiven.  We aren’t nice because people deserve that we should be nice.

We do these things because we have been forgiven.

We forgive because we have been forgiven. We love because we have been forgiven. We are nice, because we have been forgiven.

When we understand just have much we have been forgiven, we can’t help but love others. We can’t help but forgive others. We can’t help but show grace.

Even if they don’t deserve it. Because we don’t deserve God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness.

We haven’t earned it. We aren’t always nice people. And God gives it anyway.

So we should give to others.

To those who have been forgiven much, much love has been shown.

Why should we be nice?

Because God has shown us amazing love. And we should show that love to all that we meet.

Whether they “deserve” it or not. Because we have never “deserved” anything God has given us.

He freely gives. So should we.

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