A Reminder About Proper Christian Behavior

Some recent unpleasant interactions between Christians have been weighing on my conscience. As I sat in eucharistic adoration this morning, I asked God what I should have done/be doing. Just before leaving the chapel, I prayed morning prayer of the divine office and the scripture reading was this:

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:29-32

I think God wanted me to remind myself and others of this teaching. While I’m on the subject, I’ll throw in the following for good measure.

“[T]he whole law is fulfilled in one word, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another…If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.” – Galatians 5:15,25-26

Comments 6

  1. Rich | Championable wrote:

    Methinks Galatians was just restating the Golden Rule.

    Posted 13 Jan 2007 at 2:52 pm
  2. Funky Dung wrote:

    Repetition and reformulation are crucial to learning. Besides, I’m dense, so being reminded multiple times in multiple forms is a Good Thing™. 😉

    Posted 13 Jan 2007 at 6:06 pm
  3. Rich | Championable wrote:

    Agreed completely. That’s why there are so many religions: folks have a lot of ways to get to God.

    That’s what I believe, anyway.

    Pax.

    Posted 13 Jan 2007 at 6:44 pm
  4. Steve Nicoloso wrote:

    The reason there are so many religions is that there are so many ways to get to hell… There is only One Way to God. This was once known as “good news”, i.e., that there was one way instead of zero.

    Posted 13 Jan 2007 at 8:45 pm
  5. Funky Dung wrote:

    A more charitable explaination would that there are so many religions because it’s in man’s nature to seek God, and when not guided by the Church, man will come to his own conclusions regarding God’s nature and how best to commune with Him. Similarities between the moralities of disparate religions (e.g., the Golden Rule) are explained by natural law.

    Posted 14 Jan 2007 at 3:42 pm
  6. Tom Smith wrote:

    “Repetition and reformulation are crucial to learning. Besides, I’m dense, so being reminded multiple times in multiple forms is a Good Thing.”

    So says the dude who opposes the T-Mass on the grounds that it’s too repetitive. . .

    kiddin’

    Posted 14 Jan 2007 at 10:23 pm

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