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

Always Choose Christ

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?” (James 3:10-11)

Formation is happening all the time. We are being transformed into something. We are either becoming more loving or more antagonistic. We are growing in joy or bitterness. We are cultivating peace or discontentment in our lives. There is no neutral ground. Our thoughts matter. Our words matter. How we think and the stories we tell ourselves are forming us into a certain kind of person.

For Christians, our formation is to always be moving in the direction of Christ. Our ultimate goal is to become like Jesus. This does not happen overnight. It takes place in the small decisions we make every day. What we think. What we say. What we do. What we consume. What we tell ourselves.

We now live in a world where our comments are not limited to just the people we know. Most of the comments made on social media are about people with whom we do not know. They are about politicians, celebrities, athletes, actors, etc. Many conversations we have with others are about these same individuals. We may think that because we do not know them, what we think or say about them does not matter, but this is not true. It does matter because we are being formed.

Choosing not to use words that are unkind, ugly, or hurtful is just as much about us as it is the person our words are directed towards. How we choose to think of others directly influences our spiritual growth. When we think poorly of others or say unkind things, we are doing damage to our souls. It doesn’t matter whether we know the person or not. The result is the same.

Often, we say things online that we would never say to someone in person. Before posting ask yourself “How would I address this person if they were standing right in front of me?” We tell stories about people we know and don’t know. We believe a person is nice or mean based on their politics even though we have never met them. We interpret a statement by a friend as being personal even though we have not asked them about it. We do this without thinking. The stories we tell ourselves tend to be negative. We think the worst. We are being formed, and we are making judgments that are not spiritually healthy.

How are your words and thoughts forming you? Are you exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit? Do your words promote peace or dissension? Do you bless as well as curse people? These questions matter. They matter because we are to love our neighbors. They matter because we are being formed. If we are not content with our lives, it could be we are being formed into something that is not like Christ. It could be we are choosing words and thoughts that are leading us away from Christ instead of towards him. Every choice matters. When we have a choice to make, let’s choose Christ.

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