“Let there be no more resentment, no more anger or temper, no more violent self-assertiveness, no more slander and no more malicious remarks, Be kind to each other, be understanding. Be as ready to forgive others as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4: 31-32, JB Phillips New Testament)
Are you ready to do this? Are you willing to give up resentments and blame, anger and self-righteousness? Are you prepared to recognize God’s forgiveness for you and for all, in the very fact that He made you full of love and goodness, not hate and sin?
The Christ is our true nature and our true north. As we begin to walk in this reality, this genuine selfhood, we can’t help but be kind to one another. We can’t fail to want to listen and understand, rather than judge and fear. This is simply being who we are, and it brings us into line with God’s true plan for creation—to harmonize and be fruitful.
Let’s feed ourselves and others with the healing fruits of Love, which empower us and never deplete us. Let’s stop feeding the beast of fear and anger with our attention and focus. Let’s get off our high horse because it isn’t going to take us in a direction that gives us peace or happiness. Let’s stop worshipping the devil of bitterness and evil by our attention or even our anxiety.
Instead, let’s choose to be kind. Let’s expect good. Let’s remember that forgiveness and love made the resurrection possible. It will surely save us today from the dark and deadly tomb of malice and anger as well!
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