Thursday, November 17, 2011

Seventeen Symptoms

Weird title right?
God instructs His people into living in His word, and abiding with Him, spending time with Him, having a relationship...the symptoms of doing these things?

1. Compassion
2. Kindness
3. Humility
4. Gentleness
5. Patience
6. Forgiveness (towards others and self)
7. Love
8. Peace loving
9. Considerate
10. Sincere
11. Merciful
12. Submissive. This is not a dirty word. Being submissive to someone that loves you as much as they love themselves works out for everyone involved. We all need to be submissive to someone in our lives, bosses, laws, those in authority over us. Those that struggle against authority always have it harder, it's like constantly climbing uphill, on your knees, on broken glass. Submissive does not equal slave, do not get the two confused.
13. Impartial
14. Peace maker
15. Goodness
16. Faithful
17. Joyful

For all these lovely "symptoms" I am very thankful. What a wonderful lists of attributes, what a picture of peaceful living among His people. Is this always the truth in every situation? Of course not, humans aren't perfect, and there are stumbling blocks...but I will keep building my relationship with God expecting more of these attributes.
What about you?

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