I wonder, back in biblical times if there was a lot of judgement and opinion making of others. I’d have to believe that people were petty even back then.
We can be one of the most thought provoking, upstanding and prayerful person, yet inside – judge others with our thoughts or even eye rolling.
What we tell ourselves is equally as bad as what we tell others (gossip for example).
ALWAYS BE KIND
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
You start a conversation off with the word “salvation” and people run for the hills. There are Christians, believers, followers, whatever term you wish to use that do not believe salvation is the only way to eternal life (it is!!)
I’m not here to tell you what you should believe, this blog and the book; “The Pieces” is merely a part of my journey to becoming more like Jesus, more whole, more faithful.
Recent “pieces” (thoughts, expressions) are bringing me to some very honest truths. The word is speaking to me in ways that I fully understand and find to be doable in my life
Ephesians 4:1-4 ….I beg you—I, a prisoner here in jail for serving the Lord—to live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these. 2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love. 3 Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another.
Salvation takes place once, sanctification is life changing; a transformation of spirit. The Holy Spirit guides our life. Everything we do, say, think, pray – should be done as a reflection of Jesus.
Charles S. Stanley: “God has an answer to anything and everything you or I may face. God is pleased and honored when we choose to go in any direction He leads us.”
Then said Jesus
unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow
Humble pie some call it. I’d venture to say we could all use a slice every now and then.
……humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Are there any of you who are wise and understanding? You are to prove it by your good life, by your good deeds performed with humility and wisdom.
God calls us to serve one another; it is the greatest contribution we can make. Serving others, shines the light of Jesus on those in our life; and particularly those we do not know. Being kind, helpful, volunteering your time, abilities, money, gives an opening of conversation that we might not have ever had. What does the bible say about service?
Jeremiah 9:24 If you feel you must brag, then have enough sense to brag about worshiping me, the Lord. What I like best is showing kindness, justice, and mercy to everyone on earth.
1 Peter 4:8-9 Most important of all, you must sincerely love each other, because love wipes away many sins. Welcome people into your home and don’t grumble about it.
Leviticus 25:35 The Lord said: If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves, you must help them, just as you are supposed to help foreigners who live among you.
Deuteronomy 15:8 Instead, be kind and lend them what they need.