That’s Going to Leave a Mark...
“That's going to leave a mark.” It's a statement that I have heard over and over again in our house when my boys are playing too rough. Have you ever said it in passing as a joke when someone gets hurt? It seems almost embarrassing but I've had those moments in my life where I have hurt myself and it has left a mark. Some marks are scars that have begun to fade along with the memories of why I got them in the first place. Other marks are still tender and hurt when they're touched or talked about. The marks on our body tell a story of the things that have happened in our lives that are painful, humorous to brag about and even help to produce our character. In Romans 12, the marks of a true Christian are addressed. These things have everything to do with how we treat other people. it saves us from unintentionally leaving a painful mark or scar on the people in our life. how we treat each other matters. If we say we love Jesus, then how we matters.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
These are two paragraphs that can be life-changing if we take a moment and evaluate what they say. It brings an authenticity to our relationship with Jesus. It shows people who Jesus really is and why we follow Him. We mustn't fake love and adopt evil but hold on to what's truly good. Can we love one another in true strength and honor people even when they persecute us. I don't want to be lazy when it comes to my passion for Jesus and my relationship with him. I want people to see my passion for Jesus and the Lord that he has been in my life. I want to live in harmony with people. I really do. The scripture teaches me that the marks that we leave on people are hope, kindness, peace and joy. The ability to not allow evil to overcome my life and leave a mark on someone else that can never be erased.
How we treat people matters.
Let's leave a legacy of Christ's love.