Monday Meditation – Doing Good

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Why are we good?  Is it because we act “good?”  Is it because we are good?  Is it because we calculate that if we are good, others will be good towards us too?  Do we reason ourselves to good behavior?  Are we inherently good?

As it is written in Luke, Chapter 6:36-38, reason nor character is why we must behave well.  It is our relationship with God that should determine what we do specifically, be compassionate, do not judge, do not condemn, forgive and give.

A more exacting translation of the passage would read as follows,

“Become compassionate (to others) as your father is compassionate (to you).  Do not judge (others) and you will not be judged (by God).  Do not condemn (others) and you will not be condemned (by God).  Forgive (others) and you will be forgiven (by God).  Give (to others) and it will be given to you (by God).  (Luke Johnson, Gospel of Luke, pg. 113.)

Our behavior toward one another is dictated not by what we want or feel but by what God will do for us for our good behavior toward each other.  “A truly radical notion, that God adapts for the judgment of humans the standard they use is their relation with each other.” (Luke Johnson, Gospel of Luke, pgs. 113-114)

Dear God, help us to remember to be good to one another even though we often try to calculate our goodness.  Remind us to do good because you ask us to do good.

Yet you do more than we could ever do for each other.  Your grace knows no bounds.  Amen.

Meditation Monday: Family Values

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Family Values

While families come in many and varied configurations nowadays, some “family values” are always present.

  1. Respect
    Despite differences of opinions as a family we respect one another. We believe in the best of one another. We hold in high regard the intentions of each family member.
  2. Patience
    An offshoot of respect, we practice patience with one another as people learn and grow in a myriad of ways.
  3. Love
    This is what makes the first two in the list possible. We love one another in a family and accept that it is what motivates other family members’ actions. Love make it possible for us to be patient with each other and live together under one roof or name.

God is love and as such is present in every type of family including church families.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus …” Philippians 2:3-5 (NRSV)

Dear God, help us to respect one another. To live with patience for one another and to love one another above all no matter what challenges may come. You are Lord of all. Amen.