The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Making All "C's"

"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder,' and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment" (Matt.5:21-22). "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life with Him" (1 Jn.3:15).

When I was a kid, the grades we received on our report cards reflected this system: A... Excellent B... Good C... Fair (average) D... Poor F... Failure Having been out of the teaching profession for 15 years, I assume that these are still the standards... So.... What did mom and dad say when you brought home all C's? Lets look at the reality of this, after all a C is fair or average. Our parents wanted us to be better than just "average," didn't they... This "C," or average mentality is a drag on the world, but a bane for Christians. The Lord asks us to live to a higher calling and a more lofty standard, and actually demands it of us. Is it hard to rise up above the average? Try this one on for size... "You have heard that it was said, 'eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also..." (Matt.5:38-39). The general average believes that stealing is wrong, but how about a bit of defrauding, just as long as you stay "within the law." In Mk.10:19, Jesus says do not defraud. How many people are killed on the highways each year by drunk drivers? Interesting enough, both drinking and driving are legal, but together they can become lethal. Paul said to abstain from all appearance of evil... Maybe one of the greatest motives behind being satisfied with the general average, is selfishness. You know.... Let the other guy sweat the big stuff, I just want to get by. The Bible is clear on this too... "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain deceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves" (Phil.2:4). Lets all give some serious thought about climbing up the grading scale of our lives. Through His words and actions, Jesus has demanded that we do better than C's....

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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