Morning prayer Friday seemed to round off conversations about hospitality and our call to ‘show’ mercy as seen in the ‘Good Samaritan’.
From Galatians 5 and in the ‘Message Version, Paul writes:
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.
What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.
Again from the ‘Good Samaritan’ – “go do (or be) likewise….”