Choice, Freewill, Respect and Kindness


jesus-christ-0206 It is the things we can make choices on in life that matter the most. The things we can make choices on we are solely responsible for and therefore we should be careful of what we choose. We can choose how we interact with and  treat others. We can be kind, loving, compassionate and peaceful with others or we can be selfish, hurtful, angry and hateful. Depending on how we treat and interact with others decides on what kind of reward we receive. Our words, thought, actions and even our lack of action can affect not only ourselves but the lives of those around us. I guess it comes down to the golden rule “Treat others as you wish them to treat you”. An old saying that has been repeated in different ways throughout history and can even be found in the bible.

I do not know why, but it seems to be kind or compassionate is seen as a difficult thing for some to do and some even see it as an unwanted behavior. Being kind, compassionate or loving is not all that hard and I see no downside to being a good-hearted person.  I rather be remembered for the kindness I showed others than to be remembered as a selfish or uncaring individual. Jesus taught us to try to be humble, compassionate, respectful and full of forgiveness. He was all of those things and more, being a Christian we are supposed to follow his example and his teachings because Christian means to be Christ like.

We are to be respectful of the choices of others even if we do not agree with them. We can only offer others the word and the path to salvation, we are not to try to force our faith and beliefs on others nor are we supposed to persecute unbelievers. We are to be gentle messengers, teachers and preachers not oppressors of others. God gave each one of us the freewill to choose to believe or not and we should respect the choices of others. If someone doesn’t want to be witnessed to we should leave them be but let them know that the door is always open if they change their mind and then we should pray for their souls.

Love the sinner, Love the lost and hate the sin within them, Offer them the word and respect their choice.

Ray Barbier

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About Ray Barbier

I am just an average man who loves writing, thinking and trying to inspire kindness, love, understanding and Compassion in others and try to find them within myself.
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