Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
Whoever wants to embrace life
and see the day fill up with good,
Here’s what you do:
Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
run after peace for all you’re worth.
God looks on all this with approval,
listening and responding well to what he’s asked;
But he turns his back
on those who do evil things.
~ 1 Peter 3:8-12
Forgiveness – Matthew West
I am beginning with a song this morning because it is the first thing to spring to mind as I consider this impossible scripture. The rocks that line the shore are not sharp, do not cut our feet as we walk along the water, even the glass is worn down over time. Wood is splintered, bark removed, smoothed into pieces, drifting to the shore line. It is all accomplished by the constant contact with the sea, the sound, the lake, the water.
Imagine our tongue, the words lining its shore, in constant contact with living water.
Lord, be our tide, our force in the giving over of our tongue, the most difficult shore line we navigate every day.
Because of Him,
Take comfort in your friends.
Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand.
Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand.
If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone.”
~ Michael Stipe
does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
because you’re my God.
Lead me by your blessed Spirit
into cleared and level pastureland.