I got a phone call yesterday from a former member who moved to a different state. She had just found out she had to have surgery again and was upset. We talked. We laughed. I listened and she asked for prayers. I’ve prayed for her and will continue to pray. At the end of our conversation she thanked me and said it always helps to laugh. A cheerful heart is good medicine.
A true friend is loyal. We need friends we can count on. We need to be the kind of person others can count on. Brothers can fight with each other. But when someone picks on one brother, they have to fight them all. We need to stand up for our brothers and sisters in the faith, especially when they cannot stand up for themselves or they are standing alone.
Think before you act. Don’t repay good with evil. That willonly result in bad things going both ways. Repay evil with good. Don’t escalate an arguement. That will only make matters worse. Think before you speak. Don’t punish an innocent person and let the guilty person go free. That doesn’t make any sense at all.
Correcting a person when they are doing wrong can be more effective than punishing them if they are willing to listen and learn. The wise person listens to good advice, direction and correction and learns. The foolish person doesn’t pay attention and has to deal with the punishment that follows their foolish actions.
Love grows when we forgive one another. But love fades and distance between friends grows when we hold a grudge. Forgiving others chances our attitude toward them and allows us to move forward. Holding a grudge gives us a bad attitude and locks us into the bad of the past. To love and forgive is better than to be bitter and hold a grudge.
Everyone is created and given life by God. Everyone is loved by God. Everyone deserves respect. It is wrong to make fun of the poor or the outcast. It is wrong to rejoice at the misfortunes of others. We should rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.
Too many people listen to gossip and slander. We shouldn’t listen. Instead we need to either defend or walk away. That applies not just to people we know, but also to people in the public eye. Don’t gossip and down listen to gossip. It’s that simple.
When I lived in California I had a friend who was a master jeweler. I used to visit Rob when he was casting jewelry made with gold and silver. He would always use a very hot fire to burn off any impurities in the metals. God can use things in our lives to test our hearts and to remove the impurities. God makes us pure by forgiving our sins in Jesus’ name
Our priorities have a lot to do with the quality of our lives. It is so easy to make wealth and all that money can buy a priority. But what good is having lot if stuff if that also means constant conflict? It is better to have less stuff and have more peace. That’s what this verse tells us. What are our priorities?
I have gray hair with a liitle bit of brown mixed in. Proverbs says that gray hair is a crown of glory for a good life. My crown isn’t finished yet. Proverbs also says that patience and self control are better than being powerful. So be patient with me, God isn’t finished with me yet.