Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Things My Momma Taught Me

Many of the things my mother said to me as a child were not just for childhood. Her advice was often godly advice that is beneficial at any age. The world would be a better place if we all heeded the godly advice passed down from our mothers.

Two wrongs don’t make a right. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom. 12:21) It is never right to do wrong. There is no justification for it. More wrong does not make the world better. It only makes it worse. It is always right to do right. This can be difficult because the world doesn’t play fair all the time, but it is how we are to live as Christians. We do right no matter what others do to us.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. “Let your speech always be gracious.” (Col. 4:6) James warns us that our speech can get us in big trouble real quick. (James 3:5-6) It is hard to keep quiet, but sometimes that is the best thing we can do. We live in an unfiltered world where everyone has a platform to say whatever they want to say whenever they want to say it. This has not made the world better. What would make it a better world is if we all showed some discipline and restraint and refused to give in to the temptation to post whatever is on our minds. Instead, we should choose to use our words to encourage and build up. The world doesn’t need any more critics. The world needs believers, mentors, teachers, and friends.

Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right. “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) We are not to follow the world. We are to follow Christ. It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing. It doesn’t matter if our friends are doing it. It doesn’t matter if our leaders are doing it. It doesn’t matter if our enemies are doing it. We have one example, and that is Jesus. If we are not following Jesus, then we are not doing what we are supposed to do.

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