To be a Christian is to be Christ-like, and to be Christ-like is to be kind. It doesn’t come naturally and sometimes it doesn’t come easily. It would seem that we are all too able and ready to criticize than to be kind, to be fault finding rather than to be uplifting. Why as Christians have I seen people be so disrespectful of other’s? Have we forgotten to love as Jesus loved and to consider others better than ourselves? Are we as Christians, regardless of denomination, so determined to be right that we have forgotten to be kind?
Our God in Three Persons is a God for giving; He is a God of goodness, of kindness, of mercy and of love. Our God in Three Persons is forgiving, as He has forgiven us so are we called to forgive others, which is the true test of love and of our faith.
God is the giver of good things, for all good and perfect gifts come from the Lord. He is the giver of life, and of eternal life, he is the healer of both the body and the spirit. He is the giver of the fruit of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control; and they are given according to His will to fulfill His purposes and not our own. It is when we align ourselves with His good and perfect will that we receive the blessings and fullness of Christ which is the joy that comes from worshiping Him.
Why as Christians do we concern ourselves with living the posh life? Prosperity is a good thing, but we should concern ourselves with being prosperous of spirit so that out of the overflow, out of the abundance of our prosperous spirits we in turn can bless others. Do we look at others and judge their faith by their lack of material goods? Jesus said blessed are the poor, the meek, and the humble. We can be humble while still in possession of things and monetary goods, however let us not criticize those who would be considered the least of us. Did not God promise to meet all of our needs as He meets those of the sparrow? When we are in need do we become discouraged or do we recognize that our need is another’s opportunity to do His work and be a blessing. Are we kind when we are in need and when we are in a condition of abundance?
I have traveled the circuit of Christendom, I have partaken of the denominations. I have met some individuals who would consider themselves better than others, who would criticize every action, thought and word, which is not what Jesus would do. We are called to be holy and set apart, set apart from the worldly ways of pride. We as Christians do not need to tear others down to build ourselves up. We are a royal priesthood, we are the saints, we are the broken who have been healed and the lost who have been redeemed but let us not forget by whose power and mercy all of these things have been given unto us. Let us not forget to do unto others as we would have others do unto us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, who are we to criticize those that Christ died for? So may we be mindful to be Christ-like and to be kind, to be quick to love, quick to forgive and never confuse living the good life for living God’s will for our lives.
“Following the Shepherd’s Staff”