I recently did some work for a client of mine who wrote a book titled, "Reflections". This book was a 14 year process where he wrote about all the knowledge he gained in life and all the wisdom he wished to share with his close family. He thought he knew everything about being a Christian but, in end, he knew nothing at all!
Near the end of the project, this same man decided that he was going to pay me nothing for my hard work. During the time span of two weeks we passed emails back and forth where he was mostly rude, mean-spirited, critical and unappreciative for the work I had done. He directed design 100% of the time and disregarded many of my recommendations (as a computer scientist) always questioning what was being said.
This self-proclaimed "Christian" reflected nothing that was Christ-like. He was arrogant, spiteful, a liar, a thief and a fool! As a result of my experience, I have posted up John 10:10 on my website that says, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy..." What bothers me the most is that I think it's pathetic to treat people like that. In 14 years of "reflecting", it's inexcusable if you still don't know how to treat people and lack spiritual maturity. Elder Christians should lead younger Christians, not the other way around!
1st Corinthians 13:11 says, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."Nevertheless, I will do what is written in Matthew 5:44, that says, "...Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"
I will leave you with a few verses to ponder that I believe God revealed to me:
1 CORINTHIANS 13
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love (charity), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love (charity), I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love (charity), it profiteth me nothing.