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Just Living....As a Follower of Christ

To show true grace, one would expect the person to gather all the facts, take into consideration both sides and make a judgment call. God did just that, He was aware of all our sins and faults. He was aware of every decision we were going to make even before we made them, and He still decided to send Jesus to show us all mercy. True strength lies in the scriptures one amazing verse comes to mind Luke 6:35 states “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of your Father in heaven because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” This passage in the Bible is one of a call to arms as to whom we will choose to serve. The world has an opposite viewpoint and will generally say that to act in accordance with the above-stated scripture is a sign of weakness. I submit to you that this is a picture of what true strength is. In Mathew 5:44-45 the word of God says “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. That you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. “We are living in a season where we must allow the word of God to be our guide, there is so much of God’s word that is missed used or quoted for evil. The fact is loving our enemies is hard, and God is aware of the level of difficulty involved for us mere human beings. However, we are not absolved from this, the word even emphasizes in Mathew 5:45 “that you may be children of your Father.” It is very clear that the Lord wants His children to reflect who He is, merciful and loving. Despite how others may treat us. Our character should reflect the heart of God not man. Will we always behave in accordance with the above-stated scripture? No. Should we continue to strive for it? Yes. As followers of Christ, we don’t get to walk away when life gets challenging. We face the trials of life head-on every day. As Christians we have a built-in signal that offers guidance, this is our connection to Christ. Coming to this understanding, demonstrates the character of your Father that lives in you, so you choose to walk in your faith and proceed to offer an apology if your actions do not fall in line. Regardless of if the other person chooses to accept your apology or not. In fact, they may take the opportunity to call you a hypocrite. Although your human spirit feels the sting of the interaction, mirroring the character of your Father is more important than the discomfort. When you walk away, understand that in life we will all make mistakes, however, reaching out to fix them reflects your Father’s character. As well as giving up our need to be right. Following Christ does not mean that you will never make mistakes but, it does provide a roadmap for peaceful living with one another. Having a clear conscience will allow you to stay focused on the business of your Father, even when the circumstances of life are presented daily.

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