Be the same with all
Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present. 2 Corinthians 10:11
I may be taking some liberties with this scripture, but I believe the premise is the same. Paul said in today’s passage that whether he is writing a letter, or he is with them in person, he behaves the same. It seems that he heard that the people of Corinth thought his letters were bold, but in person he wasn’t much of a speaker. Paul straight up says he is the same in person as he is in his letters.
Do people say that about you? Do those in your life see you living different life styles depending who you are with? Do you take on different postures depending on where you are? Do you act one way at work, another way at home and yet take on an even different personality at church or with friends? I recognize that we live in an entirely different time than the apostle Paul did, but we can still be an example to the world around us. You do not have to try to fit in with the people you are with, you can be different and still connect. At work, for example, you can be kind and considerate while doing your job well. You can hold your standards high for yourself and yet show grace to those whose actions aren’t so high. Look for opportunities to be helpful to your co-workers and show them that they are important. Don’t become frustrated because they are not doing their job in the same way that you do yours or up to your standard, just love them where they are. In this way, they will not have bad things to say about you and they will not have any evil words about Christians.
At home, you can be the same way. This seems like it shouldn’t have to be said, but it is easy to get comfortable around those closest to you and slack off on your “good behavior”. I’m not saying you cannot go home and relax, but you should treat those you live with in your home and family as if they are the most important people in your life. Because, quite frankly, they are! It can become easy to get stressed or even disappointed with family members because you know them better than anyone and what their weaknesses are. Instead of speaking your disapproval, encourage and build them up. Home will be a much happier place to be and you will also enjoy your life more.
Same with your friends and people you go to church with. Even if they are the kind of individuals that want to talk about the latest scandal in the government or the current CDC guidelines, you can be helpful instead of adding fuel to the fire. Turn the conversation to the hope and peace of God. Let them know the exciting things God is doing right in the middle of all this controversy. Stir others up in their faith, not in their fears. These are things that a good friend will do and it will be like a breath of fresh air instead of a stifling stench.
Today I want to encourage you to be the same person no matter who you are with. Whether in person, on social media or texts and emails, stop being the grumpy, complaining criticizer you used to me. Take on a new perspective and a new disposition and enjoy the days you have in this world. God didn’t save you to look and feel just like everyone else in the world. He saved you to be the light to all those around you. Start today by becoming a beacon of hope and a guiding leader that takes all people you meet to a place of joy and contentment.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:7- 11
7 You are judging by appearances. If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do. 8 So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters. 10 For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.” 11 Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.