31-34"Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? Run-of-the-mill sinners do that. If you only help those who help you, do you expect a medal? Garden-variety sinners do that. If you only give for what you hope to get out of it, do you think that's charity? The stingiest of pawnbrokers does that.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
INTEGRITY THROUGH CHRIST
Respecting a man of good heart & virtue says more bout him than it does about you for he puts effort into building honorable character and lovable charm. But respecting a man of weakness and vice radiates who YOU are: selfless, unchanging, valiant and of matchless stature.
Can we find one, in these days, who is fearless and exceptional enough to fight bad with good and evil with striking dignity? For power lies, not in judgement or vengeance against another but in being who we are truly supposed to be in the face of all individuals, despite their failings, sin and pride that hurt us...Power lies not just in loving the worthy or the pitiful but in simply loving all, with no benefit for oneself. This is integrity. This is to be like Christ.
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. Luke 6:31-33
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