Kindness to meanies.
Forgiveness to offenders.
Mercy instead of judgement.
Tonight we had a lesson in the Golden Rule.
I didn't demand that they follow it; I reminded them of it and left them to act as they chose. Moments later, the hose was on & the exclusionary chalk sign in the driveway was washed away. They chose the hard road. I'm proud of them.
It's hard to take the high road.
Especially when we feel validated.
More and more Christians don't appear to live much differently than non-believers. They seem to blend in with the world around them, tolerant and complacent. Are we supposed to look different? Act differently? Be as we say, set apart?
Sometimes I need to re-read the actual words from the scriptures themselves, wondering if perhaps it was my church recommending a good life and not Jesus requiring certain values of his children.
It all seems so old-fashioned, doesn't it?
I went in search & I found this in Colossians 3:
"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.
Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.
Don’t be greedy...Don’t lie to each other...
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him... Christ is all that matters and he lives in us.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives...
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father."
Colossians 3:5, 9-17 (NLT)
Dear Jesus, set me apart. Help me, because it's hard to stand for what's right and live peacefully in a world filled with wrong. Help me, because I want my children to love you and serve you and know you and they're watching me. Amen. Pin It