Rarely (if ever) do we wake up in the morning and think to ourselves "I hope I make someone else's life more difficult or even miserable". At the same time, we may consciously or unconsciously think to ourselves "I hope my life is not made more difficult or even miserable by others". Unfortunately, as our day progresses, we say or do or don't say or don't do something that makes someone else's life less than better while at the same time, someone will also negatively impact our life. This happens every day due to the fact that treating others with love and respect and kindness and gentleness is not necessarily automatic or even easy. Furthermore, we tend to allow ourselves to treat others "a little poorly" with the notion that "they understand I didn't mean it" or even "they deserve it" but when we are on the other end, we don't demonstrate equal understanding and grace and usually hold a grudge or bitterness for that person.
Lord, help me to realize that treating others well is not my default setting and I need Your help and Your awareness to be intentional about all of my relationships and when others treat me poorly, does that help me to check myself and do I extend forgiveness and grace the way I would want it extended to me.