We as Christians are called to be different. We were made in his image, and as stated in the first post that’s not saying we physically look like God, but that we embody and reflect his characteristics such as love, mercy and forgiveness. These qualities should be on display not just when things are going well and all is easy breezy, but during the difficult times and through our storms. Exemplify the qualities of God even when our love, gentleness, mercy or compassion is going unrequited. We all at times want to get even, or seek revenge when others do us wrong. It’s hard to be nice to someone who is being mean to you or lend to those who wouldn’t do the same for you. For me personally it’s a battle not giving in to human nature and society’s “Eye for an Eye” ideal as if Hammurabi’s Code of Law still governs us. If we only gave to those who would give to us, loved those who loved us or who we felt were deserving then how different would we be from non-Christians/non believers. They look out for those who look out for them as well. It’s not up to us to deem who is deserving. We all have our faults and shortcomings, we all sin. Through it all God still loves us, grants us mercy and forgives us time and time again even when undeserving. It’s tough but we are called to be ☆DIFFERENT☆; we were made in his image. “Love ye your enemies, and do good and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your father also is merciful” Luke 6:35-36
Noah, is a great example of being in the world but not of the world. Genesis 6:5 says “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” As we continue reading we see Noah was different; verse 8 in the same chapter says “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. 9 these are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” Unlike the rest of mankind at the time, “Noah walked with God” and because of this he found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Be In The World But Not of The World
John 17:14 – I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”
Stay Thirsty My Friends
Thirsty Thursdays: Ron