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Friday, August 29, 2008

Let's Not Forget Our Former Foolishness...

I just read a very convicting article by David Mathis titled "Practicing Politics As Former Fools." Here is an excerpt:

"God doesn't send his church into the political fray with a strut and an open mouth but with gentleness and courtesy—with a readiness to do good, to avoid quarrels, and to speak evil of no one.

Why gentleness and courtesy? Why such an unexpected posture? Paul follows with his reason:

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.(Titus 3: 3)

...Those who have been rescued by God's grace are to engage those who haven't with gentleness and courtesy and a readiness to do them good and not evil. We should be quick to remember that apart from God's saving work—and owing to no work of our own—we share in the same disobedient, enslaved foolishness."


Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Good reminder. Thanks for sharing it!

Kathy C. said...

That is an excellent post. I ask God often to help me to NEVER forget where I came from. It was an ugly place. It is my prayer that as I see others who are in that same place, I will look past the ugliness and see into their hurting hearts that are so much in need of the grace that God has given to me. He is a true miracle worker, but if we forget where we came from, we are useless to help others that are still there. We are His hands. :)

HeathahLee said...

I need this reminder the closer November gets!

Amanda Jo said...

Oh!! I am so glad you posted this and I am so sorry I am late reading it! But the Lord is sovreign and He knew that I would need to read this today!

Thank you for this post, I really needed it! Also, the flamingo pic up there is SO cute! I love yard flamingos!