This is taken from the story “The Lion and the Mouse”. And although it is a short story, it leaves a great teaching to be shared.
A lion was once sleeping in the jungle when a mouse started running up and down his body just for fun. This disturbed the lion’s sleep, and he woke up quite angry. He was about to eat the mouse when the mouse desperately requested the lion to set him free. “I promise you, I will be of great help to you someday if you save me.” The lion laughed at the mouse’s confidence and let him go.
One day, a few hunters came into the forest and took the lion with them. They tied him up against a tree. The lion was struggling to get out and started to whimper. Soon, the mouse walked past and noticed the lion in trouble. Quickly, he ran and gnawed on the ropes to set the lion free. Both of them sped off into the jungle.
Sometimes in life, there are people or situations that can make us feel not that good at all. However, instead of letting emotions to dominate our life by acting in a wrong way, we have to ask God to help us follow his commandments.
The Bible teaches us that we have to forgive (Colossians 3:13), we have to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), we have to be merficul to one another (Luke 6:36), we have to do what we expect others do to us (Matthew 7:12). Remember: A simple act of kindness can save your life.
“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:2
It all refers to the principle of reciprocity!