Words and Action

We know that God has chosen you, dear brothers, much beloved of God. For when we brought you the Good News, it was not just meaningless chatter to you; no, you listened with great interest. What we told you produced a powerful effect upon you, for the Holy Spirit gave you great and full assurance that what we said was true. And you know how our very lives were further proof to you of the truth of our message. So you became our followers and the Lord's; for you received our message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the trials and sorrows it brought you.

Then you yourselves became an example to all the other Christians in Greece. And now the Word of the Lord has spread out from you to others everywhere, far beyond your boundaries, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your remarkable faith in God. We don't need to tell them about it, for they keep telling us about the wonderful welcome you gave us, and how you turned away from your idols to God so that now the living and true God only is your Master. 1 Thessalonians 1:4-9 (TLB)

Lin Tranter lives in Ohio. When she married Bill, classical was not on her list of musical genres she wanted to listen to. But it was Bill's favorite. When a classical radio station began broadcasting in their area, they tuned their alarm radio to it and awoke to classical music every weekday morning.They attended concerts and recitals, even operas, especially after their daughter became a singer. Reflecting on 48 years of marriage, Lin realize that Bill never insisted that she listen to classical music or argued that it was better than any other kind of music. He just listened to the music he loved, and Lin came to love it too.

That insight brought this thought to Lin: Instead of debating about faith or insisting that others live up to my Christian values, I should live my faith trying to be kind and loving like Jesus, treating people with respect and dignity, In this way, when I do have the opportunity to tell someone, :God loves you." they can believe me because they have seen the truth of it in my words and actions. I will be sharing the God I love the way Jesus did.

I wonder what would happen if more people thought the way Lin does. Do your actions show you as a Christian or do you talk like a Christian and act like the devil?

Prayer: Holy God, help us to treat everyone as Jesus would teat them so they will know through our words and actions that you love them, in Jesus' name, amen


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