Be humble, truthful and work for peace. This is the kind of life we are called to live. We talk much about the things we should do, but not often enough about the type of person we should be. So as we strive to live a life that looks like Jesus, as we show love to everyone and as we care for the orphans and the widows, let’s make certain we are becoming the person Christ called us to be.
From my perspective, humility is one of the most attractive traits someone can possess. I love being around humble people. They make me feel better about myself, more comfortable in my own skin. Brash arrogance, on the other hand, sickens me and has me looking for a quick exit. Humble people are gracious and gentle. They don’t spend much (if any) time talking about themselves. They are much more interested in you and others. A life marked by humility is a life that is not self-seeking and rather is always looking for ways to deflect praise and credit. They know that all they have is a gift. As Christians, we know the source of those gifts, and we must never boast in our talents, as they are simply on loan.
Truthfulness is another welcoming attribute. I can’t imagine anyone really likes to hang out with folks who are habitual or even occasional liars. Jesus said that what we say should be what we mean; there’s no wiggle room there. I do not find any Biblical allowance for man made ideas such as the ‘white lie’. Tell the truth at all times. Others are drawn to those whom they can trust to tell the truth. Simply being truthful can add years to a friendship, while a single lie can end that same friendship in a heartbeat.
To live in peace can be very controversial. There are moral dilemmas and social baggage that accompany thoughts of living in peace. Is war acceptable if your side is “right” (Note that neither side ever actually believes they are on the “wrong” side)? Is it okay to use violence if need to protect your own family? What if I’m coming to the aid of an innocent victim? These are deep questions, deserving of their own post. For today’s discussion, suffice it to say that I’d rather live next door to a peaceful person than one prone to rage or revenge. Peaceful people are calming, and that is exactly the effect we as Christians should have on others around us. They should feel a sense of calm which will allow them to be more open to hearing about the love of Jesus.
As for me, whatever it is I might offer to this world is simply a result of the gifts that God has graciously given to me. How could I possibly take credit? I want to be a person known for straight talk, someone without a hidden agenda, and a person who will tell you the truth no matter what. Oh that my steps might be marked with peace and my hands open to help; I long for the mercy of God.
Guard your tongue; let truth be the only thing you allow to pass through your lips. When you agree to something, do it. When you are asked a question, tell the truth. Think more of others than yourself and constantly be on the lookout for ways you might help them. Remember all that you are is simply on loan from God; be humble. Wherever and whenever possible, live in peace with your family, your neighbors, and all those with whom you come into contact. Live a life modeled after Jesus, the life He intended for you to live; be humble and truthful always, living peacefully with everyone.