Don’t sleepwalk through life.
Dress up in faith, love, and hope of salvation.
Speak encouraging words.
Warn the freeloaders.
Encourage the stragglers.
Reach back for the exhausted.
Be attentive to individual needs.
Always do your best.
Be cheerful, no matter what.
Throw out tainted and evil things.
Do not be concerned with status and position. Do not lose your focus on what God wants you to do.
You are suppose to be on mission with Jesus to bring salvation to others. Do not become disoriented so that you lack faith to bring physical and spiritual comfort to those God has sent to you. Do not become so preoccupied with your own ambitions and distracted by busyness that you become ineffective in ministering to those whom God sends your way.
Religious activity can be a sin if it keeps us from being of help to those around us.
Do people enjoy being with you? Do they seek you out? Or, ignore you?
Do you talk about yourself? About others? Or, do you listen?
Think how Christ walked and talked with all sorts of people, giving each one his attention. Because He knew them so well, He attracted people wherever He traveled. The famous and the infamous. The rich, the poor. The blind, the sick.
Reach out to those around you with kindness, compassion, understanding. Be willing to pay attention.
A word from your mouth can accomplish great things, or destroy much.
A wrongly placed word can turn harmony to chaos, ruin a reputation, send the world up in smoke.
Curses and blessings come out of the same mouth.
The way you live, not the way you talk, is what counts.
- Don’t boast
- Don’t twist words
- Don’t say mean things
Get along with others, treating one another with dignity and honor.
God is the the great creator. All creativity comes from God. When you are sad, feeling down, ask God to show you a creative solution to the sadness. Turn the negative into a positive with God’s creativity.
Our love and faith should brim over to other Christians. People should recognize our love of God through our love for one another.
Be hospitable to fellow believers.
Forgive the wrongs done by other believers when they wish to make restitution and ask for pardon. Go beyond mere forgiveness and embrace them as friend. We can show the world a different way to live.
Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.
Don’t love the world’s ways.
Don’t love the the world’s goods.
The world is all about wanting:
- wanting your own way
- wanting to appear important
- wanting more stuff for yourself
God gave us the Spirit to encourage us to keep His commands. As we do so, we live more deeply in Him, and less in what the world wants.
If the Spirit is in you, you will not want to practice and parade sin as we see those living in the world doing. Instead we will love one another. We will come along side one another. We will not live in fear of the future and what may happen.
Thoughts from 1John
Our love should not be sentimental gush. Test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent.
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage; lend a helping hand.
Do everything readily and cheerfully.
Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into petitions. Christ will displace worry at the center of your life.
Do your very best in the job you have received from the Master.
- Don’t pack more activities into your day.
- Choose how to perform second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour.
- We all have the same amount of time.
- Understand God’s will for your life then deciding how and where to invest your time will be easier.
- People regularly assume responsibility for things they should not be doing.
- Do not make an idol of your schedule. Be willing to allow God to insert agenda times.
- You cannot rush in and of God’s presence.
- Disorganization can be the undoing of even the best-intentioned person.
Talk to me, Lord; write on my heart the instructions for today. Help me discern the path to take. Talk to me as I travel that path, keeping me free from worry about what may be ahead, teaching me the methods to helping those I encounter along the way.
Don’t fuss about the food that’s on the table or the clothes in your closet, if they are in fashion or not. Be thankful for the food and clothing you do have. There are those with so much less.
Don’t be preoccupied with getting, but rather look around at the bounty you’ve been given. Give your attention to what God is doing all around you. Join Him in His work of caring for the poor, the outcast, the downtrodden.