September 10, 2015
St. Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.” Col_3:12-17
Instructions, admonishments, directions and Oh the preaching!
Sometimes (maybe all the time) we just don’t like other people telling us what to do and what not to do. If we go all the way back to the beginning of the Book of Genesis, we’ll find that God did the same thing with Adam and Eve. Don’t …! And of course, they did. So what of it?
Well, don’t we do the same thing with our kids? And then why do WE do it, when we don’t like others doing it to us. Well, hopefully, we do it out of our LOVE for our kids. We don’t want to see them get hurt. We want to protect them. We don’t want to see them fall into the same traps we did . . . Ouuuuuu, sounds just like why God tells us stuff!
I always tried to make sure that I told my kids WHY whenever I had to instruct, admonish, give directions or preach. And we all probably should do the same. It still might not overcome their pure resistance to those directions, but, on the other hand, it just may help in the long run!
Jesus used exactly that tact. And here’s today’s example: Jesus said, “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” Lk_6:27-38
Hmmm, now that just might be worth a try!
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