What the People of God should look like!

19 Feb

Good morning,

There is the story of a preacher who gave a sermon one Sunday and came back and gave it the next Sunday.  On the third Sunday when she gave the same sermon, people from the congregation started to complain, “You have given that same sermon three Sundays in a row”.  She replied, “Yes, and as soon as you starting living that sermon, I’ll go on to the next one”.

I think that’s what we should do with these words from Paul.  Read them again, and again, and again until we start living them.  That are simple, straightforward and a gracefilled way to live in community.

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

Notice these last two verses say, if you see your enemy hungry.  Just think how long anger and feuds would last if this is how we lived.

So, that is your lesson for the day.  I promise I won’t blog about it tomorrow even though I doubt any of us will be able to live these words completely.  Yet, it is a goal to aim for, grace to pray for, and a kind of life God call us to embrace.

(I wonder if I saw Donald Trump hungry if I could give him a meal. . .  OK, Donald Trump would never be hungry. . .shuuu that was a close call.)

Blessings and peace,

 

Mary

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