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Wenesday Wrap-up: August 25

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Luke 6:27-31

Tonight we concluded our discussion of Self-Control by talking about controlling our actions. We have previously discussed that our thoughts lead to our words. Both our thoughts and our words can lead to our actions.

We can’t control any actions other than our own and we must be careful what we do. If we are acting in an uncontrolled way we don’t look like we respect our parents or rules. If we are living in such a way then our actions become a distraction to to others. A big area where we have to make sure don’t be come distractions is at church. If we distract someone else because we are trying to be cool or funny then we can keep them from learning something really important. How awful would it be to find out that someone didn’t hear about Jesus because we were distracting them.

I explained that Jesus gave us the ability to know if our actions are what we should be doing by giving us the Golden Rule. We have to treat others the way that we want them to treat us. If I want respect from someone I need to show them respect, etc.

In its context Jesus is telling us how to show love to our enemies. The thing that I have noticed in this discussion of the Fruits of the Spirit is that they are often interwoven. It seems that everything points back to love. I am glad that love is at the end so that we can prepare for it. 

Next week we begin discussing GENTLENESS... stay tuned!


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