Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How do you treat others?

Throughout scripture, we are told to love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We don't have to guess at what love really looks like, because Jesus taught us that in every action that he took. Romans 5:8 says that in while we were lost, undone, not even caring about Jesus, He went to the cross and bore our sins. IN other words, He paid a debt He didn't owe to keep us from oweing a debt we couldn't pay. Everywhere you look in scripture Jesus shows us how to treat one another. I find it somewhat strange that in some places, as He spoke to His disciples, He informed them not to talk about what He had done or said, and in some places, He readily wanted those whom He was talking to, to tell everybody they came in contact with. In the old Testament, God told Daniel to shut the book and not show it to anybody and in the New Testament, in Revelation, God told John to tell everybody. Confusing, Huh? As I started reading Revelation, I quickly got to chapter two where Jesus, the Head of the Church, had John write about the seven churches of Asia and if I had been judging them, I probably wouldn't had to much good to say about them, but not our Savior, even in the bad, He also had some good to say. To each of the churches, regardless of how they were viewed, Christ first spoke of their what was good about them, then he said what was bad about them and then He admonished them and told them how they could do better. Wouldn't it be great if we did that with those we come in contact with. With our children, our friends, our family members. Jesus is the standard and none of us will ever match that standard, but we are challenged to be like Christ and that will only happen as we yeild our lives fully to His will and become obedient even until death. Christ is our example and we should become examples to others by living out the separated life that He calls us to live.