A man and a little boy entered a barbershop together. After the man received the full treatment - shave, shampoo, manicure, haircut, etc. - he placed the boy in the chair. "I'm going to buy a green tie to wear for the parade," he said. "I'll be back in a few minutes." When the boy's haircut was completed and the man still hadn't returned, the barber said, "Looks like your daddy's forgotten all about you." "That wasn't my daddy," said the boy. "He just walked up, took me by the hand and said, 'Come on, son, we're gonna get a free haircut!'"
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13
Someone has said, “It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to someone.” We have to go out of our way to be rude, unkind, unpleasant, or ugly. They say it takes more muscles in our face to frown, than to smile. I don’t know if that’s true, but I know it takes a lot of work to be ugly to people. The thing is, if we are Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we don’t have the right to be ugly to others. We have the freedom, but not the right and if anything, it makes us look more lost than saved. What does this love look like? It looks like putting others before myself, genuinely, not for any selfish reason. It looks like we are making an effort to treat others with love and respect. It is not based on our circumstances, but we have a hope that is based on the Lord Jesus. This love produces more than shallow words, empty gestures and good intentions. This love produces the willingness to put others before ourselves. Maybe it does cost something to be nice, but the reward is eternal!