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A kinder more caring world begins with me
As we enter into the Month of December we may recall the theme of Christmas: “Peace on Earth Good Will to Man (Men and Women of course)”. I understand that I cannot change all the wrongs I hear, see or learn about, yet clearly there is something I can do or, for that matter we all can do: behave better.
It may begin with “The Golden Rule” – ” Treat others as you would want others to treat you.” – but why not go beyond that. Jesus suggested some radically different responses when encountering others with needs or even, an abuser:
Matthew 5:38-42 ESV
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Today’s blog post is not about exceptions or the threat of annihilation; it is more about the affairs encountered in everyday life.
I live in an area not far from two major urban areas and a smaller urban area that in some parts of our country might be considered a “big city”. Yes, within the limits of the East Coast Megalopolis; My wife and I prefer a less densely populated area as a home area, so we live in a part of our region that is not too crowded, however, that is changing and more people move to our area every year.
Why is this important you may wonder? To me I have noticed some of the behavior of the local population beginning to resemble the “bump and rush” style of the metropolitan area where I spent most of my younger years. So when I learned of a report about the people in our area acting with civility and manners, it was a surprise. Our State, as probably other densely populated States are, have seen many common courtesies vanish from day to day life. Perhaps that may be from more of our society than we realize.
Our area has a substantial number of Christians that take their faith seriously; study GOD’s Word, belong to a Church and show concern for our community or nearby communities. We pray for substance abusers, law breakers, ordinary families and the police equally; treat all with respect and offer assistance to whomever requires it. No we are not perfect and we need Jesus’s teachings, accountability and vigilance concerning hypocrisy just like anywhere else. We remind each other of the good we can do and how to be responsible. We promote seeking opportunities to serve others in whatever way we can and have not closed our doors to those in need – even to those who may disagree with our beliefs.
John 14:15 ESV
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
James 4:17 ESV
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.