“It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbor.” – by ?
Anyone know who wrote that quote? I think whoever it was, is right on. And I think we need to keep this in mind especially during times of persecution. We have all been there, haven’t we? Someone says false things about you behind your back? Someone bullies you at school or in the workplace? Most times words hurt more than fists.
Just Like Christ!
But we are to be Christ-like to our neighbors even if they fall soooo incredibly short of God’s morality. A true Christian and follower of Christ will actually become more Christ-minded when people rub them the wrong way. Perhaps this is part of God’s plan – sufferings lead to perseverance, perseverance to character and character to hope (Romans 5:3-4). Maybe these hurtful people are placed into our lives for our benefit because they help us to realize our own shortcomings.
We need to overlook the offense and instead remember the all too numerous times God has forgiven us. A simple act of love can change a boulder of a heart into a softer one; soft enough to be molded into something new by our artistic Creator. Your heart is the softest place on earth, so take care of it. Stay soft, it looks beautiful on you!
And by the way, the opening quote was said by Martin Luther.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “
That could very well be the sweetest verse in all of scripture.