Philippians 2: 1 – 3 (NIV)
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Many places in our Old and New Testament there are references to honoring others and finding the beauty and value in them. That does not mean that you follow their belief structure; but I do think it means to learn what you can from them, keeping your focus on your personal spirituality. Always reach out to them, sharing your truth. To follow this thought, I want to share some quotes with you. All of this targeting –
A POSITIVE WAY TO LIVE
I thought I would share some thoughts that we, as Christians, as well as others share. This represents a good faithful way to live. Enjoy . (All these centered statements are quotes and noted below.) As Christians, we want to open our hearts and our minds to see the beauty of all people. It is only then that we can invite them into the fold of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Pick at least one of these quotes and meditate on it and let it bring you wisdom and knowledge of your Christian walk.
*All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
We are what we think.
*Do not dwell in the past
Do not dream of the future
Focus on the moment.
*Even if everyone else is not doing good, I alone will.
Even if everyone else is doing wrong, I alone will not.
*Just as water cools both good and bad
and washes away all impurity and dust,
in the same way you should develop thoughts of love for friend and foe alike, and having reached perfection in love you will attain the kingdom of heaven.
*Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
*Doubt is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up relationships, a thorn that irritates and hurts, a sword that kills.
*If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?
*Perfect wisdom, perfect tranquility, perfect compassion
arise from our love, our sincerity, our understanding.
*He is able who thinks he is able.
*As a single slab of rock won’t budge in the wind,
so the wise are not moved by praise, by blame.
*Avoid all evil, embrace all goodness, purify your mind.
*There are three ways to correct our faults.
We can change through behavior,
We can change through understanding,
We can change from the heart.
*Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings,
man will not find peace.
*Peace comes from within; do not seek it from without.
*In our interactions with others, gentleness,
kindness, respect are the source of harmony.
*As human beings, we chase after fleeting pleasures like a child licking honey off a sharp knife or a person carrying a torch against the wind.
*Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for love, honesty and trustworthiness.
These are famous sayings, not from the Holy Bible, but they could be and similar thoughts are definitely scriptural, not from a self help book, but many do contain these ideas.
These sayings are quoted from the book called, “Heart of a Buddha.”
I mention these thoughts to show that our souls, our spirits, are often so similar that we can usually honor someone from another religion. What we can do, always, is respect one another as Christians, regardless of which church we attend. It has been said, and I believe accurately, that Christians believe about 99% the same doctrine and one percent a variation. We are all similar enough to honor one another.
Let’s do that. Let’s show each other how we, as Christians, welcome one another into our lives, into our spiritual space, and grow in our Christianity together as one. And let’s live as the Bible and The Heart of the Buddha describe.
Let’s pray that we are one in the Lord, and through our endeavors, the world can find itself in love and peace. This can only occur when we realize that our and other’s salvation comes from the grace and mercy of God through our Lord, Jesus.
So, take a step back. Today’s message is a bit different. Let’s all celebrate the love and peace we have within us and share it with all – as we share the gospel, the Good News.
John 14:1: 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”
Let us enjoy and learn from one another; let us enjoy and hold fast our personal faith that is – love, grace, mercy, and salvation that is through Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior
Let us each go in peace and serve the Lord. Praise Be to God.