Monday, July 31, 2017

How we Choose to Live

So what do people say about you?  Would they speak well of you, even if you are not present?

When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians he had this to say:

Our friends, we know that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own.  For we brought the Good News to you, not with words only, but also with power and the Holy Spirit, and with complete conviction of its truth. You know how we lived when we were with you; it was for your own good. You imitated us and the Lord; and even though you suffered much, you received the message with the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit.  So you became an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia.  For not only did the message about the Lord go out from you throughout Macedonia and Achaia, but the news about your faith in God has gone everywhere. There is nothing, then, that we need to say.  All those people speak about how you received us when we visited you, and how you turned away from idols to God, to serve the true and living God 10 and to wait for his Son to come from heaven—his Son Jesus, whom he raised from death and who rescues us from God's anger that is coming. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-9

Note the people in Thessalonica:

  • imitated godly and honest men;
  • although they suffered much they received the message with the joy that comes from the HOly Spirit;
  • became examples to others;
  • people speak about how you received Paul and his companions.
How we behave and how we speak do matter - people do take notice.  They notice the little things too.  If you choose to speak "well" of yourself they notice.  If you choose to use offensive language, they notice; even they behave the same way!  If we want to change community then our behaviour, actions and words do matter.

And it matters whether you are in public or in private; because it all comes out as we live our lives.  We will speak and act what is in our hearts; what we believe.  If we believe that all life begins at conception, our attitude and moral compass will be different to someone who does not believe this.  Our moral compass will be different if we believe God created the heavens and the earth which is different to someone who believes in evolution.

If we want to effect change around us, then we must first effect change in ourselves.  We have a choice on how we live.  

Choose to make a difference...

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