Recurring bad behavior isn’t a mistake. It’s a choice.
If we would behave, the way we think others should behave, the world would be better. Change your behavior from hostile to hospitable and people will respond differently.
Are you hosting people with kindness or toasting them with anger? Shall we be hostile or hospitable? That is the question.
I’m not responsible for how you treat me, but I am for how I treat you. May I be kind Expressing God’s kindness is more likely to change people than expressing my anger.
Phones, tablets. and computers don’t post hateful statements and accusations. People do. Social media isn’t hostile. It just reveals the hostility in people’s hearts. Angry responses say more about you, than about the people you’re responding to.
I have my opinions, but to claim I have my own reality is delusional. Truth matters. We’re all responsible for our behavior and there’s an inner judge. Guilt is a warning. If you won’t regulate your behavior by some moral standard, it will run amuck.
I’m capable of evil, but not of pure good. My best falls far short of righteousness.
If you believe bad things can happen, then good things can also happen. Have hope!
Setting goals but not setting behaviors that will accomplish those goals, goes nowhere. Unlike behaviorless goals (and sermons), direct awareness of the living Jesus will transform your behavior.
Christians, try this. Let your time spent reading the Bible with an open heart, far surpass your time listening to sermons.