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12/21/2009

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Being Good For Goodness Sake


"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you" (Eph. 4:32).

Being able to show appreciation has always been a desirable trait. It is so warmly human to want to good to those who have played an important part in our lives. When we think in terms of what the Lord has done for us, we can't be appreciative enough. I cannot help but think of Jesus' words in Matthew 25 when He talked about being fed, clothed, visited and cared for. Asked when these things were done, He replied; "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (V 40). This is how we show appreciation to the Lord, but there is more...

The person who is truly grateful to God for His kindness will deal with others in a gentle manner. As spiritual people we are to restore those caught in sin, "gently" (Gal. 6:1) It is our love that should always shine through with that gentleness. It all goes back to God and His love for us. ""Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to also love one another" (1 John 4:11). Needless to say with this love and gentleness comes patience. We are to be patient with one another just as God has been patient with us. A person without this love, gentleness and patience is an unthankful individual. He or she is simply unmerciful.

Finally, a forbearing attitude and an eagerness to forgive ought to be a natural mindset of one who has been forgiven by God. Today's verse says exactly that. Be kind and compassionate to one another, JUST AS CHRIST GOD FORGAVE YOU. It all emanates from how God deals with us! James writes; "Because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement" (2:13). We look at "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" as the "Golden Rule." Maybe we ought to step back and use as our motivation in life that we should deal with others just as we would want God to deal with us

Have a wonderful beginning to your week...Go about doing good...Welcome Doug...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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