If you didn’t get a chance to read part 5 you can read it here.
This series has contained a lot of things that pertain to how we should behave and act towards other people. With that being said, the gospel message has never been about behavior modification. It has always been about Jesus Christ. You can not change people, and I would even say it is very hard to convince people, but Christ transforms people. This transformation is one where He transforms you into His likeness, and through this transformation if you are truly becoming more like Him your behavior towards other people will change because He sees people through the finished work of the cross.
We should offer our complete selves to God, and allow Him to perform an inward transformation, and completely change our minds because the truth is that they need to be changed. We conform to the standards of the world in so many ways, and the church mixes and blends the ways of the world with the ways of the king and His kingdom in so many ways. There is so much around us that is counter to the kingdom yet sounds spiritual that we must let Him do continuous internal transformation in order to avoid the traps and pitfalls.
We have to remember not to think more highly of ourselves than we should, we need His continuous help on our journey through this life He gave us. We also have to remember that our perspective isn’t the only perspective, and to show sincere love to others even when they disagree with us. We should use the gifts God has given us to serve other people, even if they have a different perspective on things. We should work hard in serving the Lord and His people loving them and showing them respect.
Care for people, be concerned for people, bless people, and so on. This is not just for those you agree with, or like. The bible even says to do this for our enemies. Do everything you can do to live in peace with people. One thing I tell people is to always try to do what you know to be right in the Lord, and don’t worry about other people being hateful and trying to make themselves your enemy. Just as the Lord continues to work in you, He will continue to work in them. I have never had anyone apologize to me after I got mad and acted foolishly; however, I have had people apologize to me when I didn’t react and they felt their own conviction later on. (I have also been the one who needed to apologize)
This is the life that we are called to live. One that is humble, and patient. One that shows love, and seeks to maintain unity with our brothers and sisters. We are all one as the body of Christ, none of us more valuable or better than another. There is not a one of us that is no longer in the transformation process. We all have struggles along the way, but we also have unique gifts and abilities to help each other along. We may only know in part, but we should use that part to live a life that reflects Christ, not the world. The world seeks to acquire, gain, and make self bigger. The nature of Christ seeks to give, become less, and make God bigger.
I hope this series has helped you in some way!
Live you life kingdom first!
God is for you, and I am for you!
Scriptures: Romans 12 and Ephesians 4.