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Love in Action

December 14, 2013

Christmas CardsSome people believe in karma: we get what we give; the universe is influenced by, and reflects, our thoughts and attitudes.

As Christians, we do good works because our faith compels us to act for the good of others, without expectation of anything in return. It’s what we are called to do.

Scripture guides us:

– Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. … Remove the plank from your own eye before you worry about the spec in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:37-42)
– No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. … A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. (Luke 6: 43-45)
– A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-26)

Yet, we know that on occasion, these truths don’t seem to hold up to our scrutiny.

Jesus told of the rich man and the beggar, Lazarus. Although the rich man lived in luxury, after death he was damned to hell. Although Lazarus suffered in life, he was welcomed into the heaven. (Luke 16:19-31)

The righteous might perish, and the wicked might live long and prosperous lives. God’s ways are not to be fathomed, nor is he subject to our instruction. (Isaiah 40:12-14)

As Ecclesiastes noted, when times are good, be happy. When times are bad, remember that God is in control, and we cannot see into the future.

Ultimately, we are waiting for the final judgment. We make it our goal to please God, trusting that in the end, everyone will get their due. (2 Corinthians 5:6-10; 2 Timothy 4:14)

By this I know that my encounter with an aggressive driver who hit a deer, and my avoidance of collateral damage, is not a reflection of God’s judgment, so I will refrain from judgment. I will continue to trust God’s promises, and seek to walk the paths of righteousness.

This week, I addressed and stamped Christmas cards (for the first time in umpteen years), in my ongoing mission to express love and joy. I’ve given socks to the homeless (Roger, Kyle and Henry), and participated in the Good Samaritan program. I’m not seeking anything in return. I’m not trying to prove myself worthy. I’m just doing my part in the battle between good and evil, trusting that good will overcome.

LORD, thank you for your mercy and grace. Guide my steps, save me from the trap of misguided judgment. Help me share your message of hope. Amen.

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  1. Here in Central Texas there are several (maybe many) spring fed pools where the water is crystal clear and nice and cold for a hot summer swim. When you approach the pool (at least when there is abundant water) you can see the surface raised and bubbling with the force of the water coming out and up to the surface. To me that is a picture of a Christian’s life. From out of the over-abundance of love that swells within our hearts flow this unending life of cool, sweet water which feeds and nourishes all that it touches. The spring gives because it has to just like we as Christians do. And it is good. Just like socks exploding with joy.

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