HANDLE WITH CARE - THE SHAME GAME

I Peter 3:8-12

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 

9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 

10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.” 

― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

“Is it of Eternal Consequence?’ - Irene Mask

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

James 1:19-20 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slowto speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

con·vict: verb convince of truth

    John 16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong         on three counts: sin, justice and judgement. 9 In relation to sin —             because they don’t believe in me. 10 In relation to justice — because I’m         going to the father, and you won’t see me anymore. 11 In relation to         judgment — because the ruler of this world is judged. 

    Isaiah 6:5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”

“God intends his wise, creative, loving presence and power to be reflected — imaged, if you like — into his world through his human creatures.” NT Wright

Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

John Mayer “Love ain’t a thing/Love is a verb”

John 14:27 I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I don’t give gifts the way the world does. Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Don’t be fearful.

“The word works if you work it.” Bishop John Burk

I Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Psalm 25:4-5, 20-21 Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long….Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hebrews 12:1-2 let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.