John 13:12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”
If God can come down from heaven in human form and wash the feet of His disciples what does that say about how we should treat other people knowing that everyone is His image-bearer? It should make you think twice about how we treat our family members, friends, peers, parents, significant other, strangers, neighbors, whomever. It puts a whole new spin on treating people the way you would like to be treated and showing signs of humility.
Humility is another word for being humble and courteous, or not being proud and arrogant. Although He was their Teacher, he did not have an attitude that put Himself above others. For example, name-calling, being disrespectful, and thinking that you are better than everyone else does not demonstrate humility.
The basic form of interacting with people is through communication. We have to be careful about what we say because words have the power to affect someone. Whether that’s providing encouragement or badly talking about someone.
The saying “Stick and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is totally false. God made the world using His words so we know it has power. (Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.) Words do hurt and I am sure you have experienced that first hand. Think about the short-term satisfaction of your words versus the long-term effect it may have on others and the consequences.