1 Peter 2:16
Live as free people, but don’t hide behind your freedom when you do evil. Instead, use your freedom to serve God.
This verse came to mind when I was talking over the subject of loving others with Tina…
oh how selfish we can be sometimes!( how I can be sometimes!)
We were given our freedom so that we can give and love others , not to use that freedom as a license to not give a crap about what other people think or feel. (ever been there??…yeah me too! )
When we decide that what we do , like, and want is more important than if our actions, words and deeds affect others we have moved into a bad place. ( ok seriously I wrote this a week before I had my own I don’t give a crap moment..)
We begin walking down a road that others likes and dislikes are not to be a consideration to us. It feels like entitlement brat syndrome to me. ( yeah…I was being a brat.. I wanted it to go the way I wanted it to go and NOW! )
It really just boils down to respect!
If you know someone doesn’t eat pork than why would you serve it to them?
If you know someone is trying to quit smoking why would you lite up in front of them like it is no biggy!
Do you think to yourself …what’s it to ya? I can do whatever I want.
Do you think that this is rude behavior?
Probably not since in this generation we think what we do or don’t do is none of other’s business.
I think we should think about that!
When we are so self-serving we will have to walk alone and our strength fails us because we are only strong when we are humbly obedient to Christ and loving to others in our community, homes, churches and lives.
Respect takes on a whole new meaning when you learn to be respectful of others and not just demand a respect of your right . ( man this is whoopin me! )
WRONG thinking! <— yeah I was there!
Don’t we know respect will just naturally flow when we offer it willingly!
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Do you believe what you reap is what you will sow? ( oh I reaped all right!! )
True strength rises up in us when we can let go of our needed to have our own way. We have the right to do what we like but when it comes to other people they will see love by how you care about how you affect them.
( I was way more concerned about how another was affecting me so I was going to affect them!! <– great attitude I know I am still sorting out the details of that mess in my own head.. the lies within my own thinking and the deep need to control…I got issues to deal with… but one positive is eventually humility gripped me and drove me right to my knees! )