“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31–32, NIV 1984).
“Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.” (1 Corinthians 6:7–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander, cheating, along with every form of malice. Kindness, compassion, forgiveness, rather be wronged or cheated. If asked which we prefer, the answer would most likely be the latter, If asked how we often behave, regrettably it might be the former. And the scales, for society in general, seem to be tipping more and more that way. Society, as in social. Maybe I was just being naïve, but things (people) seemed to be kinder and gentler when I was younger. Or maybe, as is often the case, we seem to remember the “good ol’ days” as being better than they were. Regardless, it is clear to me that we can be better, or at least we should be better.
My Advice – Why not rather be better? For those of us who are in Christ Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit residing within us. We have no excuse to not be better. We are not of this world, so we should not live as if we were.