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05/26/2010

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A Christian? Live Like One


"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone....If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good" (Rom. 12: 18, 20,21).

When I used to get my picture taken, I never wanted a straight on shot. I always thought that my oft-broken nose made me look weird. Maybe I was thinking that I had a "better side." Hmmmmmm. This is a strange segue into my topic this morning. A Christian should not have a better side...Not only should we act and think like a Christian, but we ought live like one....All sides of us, all the time! There is an "eye for and eye and tooth for tooth" code in all of the ancient religions, even Judaism. If we actually chose to live that way, everyone would be blind and toothless. Although repayment in kind has a ring of justice to it, it does not meet the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" standard. Christianity starts with a resistance to evil. Good people just do this! How we live everyday shows our honorable component. It ought to be evident to all, both Christians and non-Christian alike.

"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). The appearance that we leave with others is no small matter. The daily conduct of a Christian commends his character and his character commends his Father. I remember my mom and dad wanting me to be and do good because it brought honor to the family. With that, I felt guilty when I did something wrong, for the same reason. A Christian refuses to seek revenge for an evil done when he does not return evil for evil. It was this character in David that endeared him to God. Even when King Saul was seeking after him to kill him, he refused the opportunity to avenge himself. (1 Samuel 24:6). It is up to the Christian to break the cycle of evil.

Finally, a Christian will not allow evil to set his agenda. Instead of avenging, a Christian will give his enemy food if he is hungry. If the Christian will not overcome evil with good in the world, who will? The only way to really destroy an enemy is by making him your friend. All of this is reflected in how we live our lives day by day. Reading the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) will help us on this walk. If we are going to be a Christian, we need to live like one....

Have a wonderful day....Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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