The Attitude of Christ

A frustrated caregiver
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.—PSALM 145:8 KJV

Caring for others can be very frustrating.

Sometimes their attitudes challenge us in ways that are really upsetting. They may resist what we say or want to do, and that triggers an attitude in us—and not always a pleasant one.

I’m in charge here, we might think. She needs to cooperate with me! But attitudes like that can cause feelings of inferiority in our loved ones. Perhaps we’ve regained our authority, but at what cost to them? Or to our witness for Christ?

Beware the spirit of superiority. Never let it show through words or behavior, because it can destroy our ability to minister love and compassion. Caregivers are but God’s servants, and we need to show a servant’s heart at all times.

Today let’s make a conscious effort to exhibit the traits that personify our Savior: graciousness, compassion, and great mercy. To love and treat all others as equals is essential in every area of our lives and ministry—not only for us, but also for those we serve in Christ.

Today's Prayer:

Lord God, may I ever minister in love and mercy, seeing those entrusted to my care as You see them, and ministering to them the way that You would have me do.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts