This has been a tough week for all of us. I don't feel like I can focus on anything but the current political situation in our country, but I don't feel smart enough or brave enough to attempt a detailed analysis of what has been going on.
My heart hurts over the division we are seeing in our country. No matter who you voted for on Tuesday, you're probably experiencing some uncertainty about what the future holds. I just want to remind you: If you're a Christian then you have many reasons to have hope for the future. God is sovereign and He has everything under control.
So for this week, I'd like to focus on good conduct. So many people are expressing their feelings with hurtful, hateful words toward those who don't agree with them. "My brothers and sisters, this should not be!" (James 3:9-10)
At Fresh Hope this week we talked about a topic called "The 4 Conducts" from Fresh Hope's topic cards (#302). Even if you don't deal with a mental health diagnosis, I think it might help all of us to take a look at them today.
1. Speak carefully. Words can hurt or heal. Use words for good. Say what you mean, mean what you say.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD." (Psalm 19:14 NIV)
2. Be humble. It really isn't all about you. Look at others as the Lord sees them.
"All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another..." (1 Peter 5:5 NIV)
3. Live in truth. Believe in the power of truth. Speak truth in love. Seek truth.
"Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth." (Psalm 86:11a NIV)
4. Always do your best. Do your best for whatever state you are in - good days or bad days. Live for an audience of one (for God).
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV)
Let's all try to put these 4 conducts into practice. They will help us in all of our relationships.
Do you have problems with communication? How can focusing on God and practicing these 4 conducts help you improve relationships and experience more peace?