From my journal dated 8/19/07...
A thought--Be as lavish, generous, and over the top with kindness to others as you want God to be with you.
Think of the story of Haman and Mordecai in the Book of Esther. Proud and evil Haman advised the king that he should lavish honor on the man that pleased him [the king]; and give him a fine horse, a crown, and the king's own attire. Haman fully expected that this honor would be conferred upon himself. To his astonishment; Mordecai, his enemy, was given all of the lavish treatment that he wanted for himself. Later, when Haman built gallows upon which to hang Mordecai; he himself was hung on those very gallows.
Essentially, what Haman wanted for himself was given to others, and what he wanted for others was given to him.
We must be careful not to build gallows for others lest we be hung on them. Instead, we must look for ways to honor others.
Jesus taught this over and over--the Golden Rule is one example. He told us to bless them that curse you and do good to those who despitefully use you.
Every day I must think..."How can I honor someone else?"
Today's Post Script: Hmmm, I need to remember this. It's so easy, especially when gossiping to 'build gallows' for somebody else. I need to practice wishing good upon others, even if I don't particularly like them. Please help me with this, Father.