In Cold Storage?

There is a character quality that is becoming conspicuous by its absence. It’s more evident in relation to those that are in our special circle, although not always. Usually, no harm or offense is meant. It’s just that we’re so taken up with our own concerns or our desire to say what we want to say that we scarcely realize that we have neglected to extend it. Peter, in I Peter 3:8, includes this missing virtue in some of his closing concerns. “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” Putting others ahead of ourselves, being careful not to interrupt, (very hard to do) listening carefully, alert to others’ needs, helping where possible, not insulting or “putting someone down.” In other words, show respect and be courteous. Those who belong to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, should strive to be polite and gracious. Careful attention to this could prompt some to listen more than they otherwise might listen to your testimony. Even other Christians might find, in your life, a worthy example to follow. Frances R. Havergal in her moving hymn,  “Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak,” prays,  “Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of Thy tone. …. O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord, until my very heart o’erflow in kindling thought and glowing word Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.” Ephesians 4:29 admonishes us that what we say is for the purpose “of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Selah! If you have allowed courtesy to be put in “cold storage” take it out; let it thaw out and serve it with love.   Ron

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2 thoughts on “In Cold Storage?

    • hi, pastor ron,
      becky here.
      i just read this post to caroline and she really liked it.
      she said she wants to read your daily blog; reminds her of
      rbc’s daily bread.
      i love how you share a hymn each day!

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