After we had children, I really wanted to teach them things that I did not know growing up. I want their lives to easier. I don’t want them to make the mistakes that I made. I love how the epistles of Paul tell us how to live our lives. Paul wrote letters to the newly established churches to encourage them and guide them. I find so much guidance and encouragement in his letters.
Paul gives us wisdom on how to live my life and how to live with family and neighbors. Paul strongly encourages us to warn those who are disruptive and cause disturbances. We should support the weak and be patient with each other. If someone does something wrong or mean to us, we should walk away. Do not get angry and pay back their evil deed with another evil deed. This is when we need to pray for ourselves and those doing evil. We need to pursue good for ourselves and everyone around us.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
–1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (NKJV)
Paul challenges us to leave ourselves behind and follow God. When we do God’s will, we no longer need spite, anger and bitterness. God loves all of us, even the ones who always try to fight and argue with us. Do you have one of those people in your life? It can be hard to pray for them. I know it is what God wants, so I shake off my own feelings and try to do God’s will.
I love this scripture verse. It says to live a life in accordance with our values of faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
God is love. We should pursue good for ourselves and others. We can carry faith, hope and love closely to our hearts and our interactions with others. We should pursue the goodness of God.