for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
1 Corinthians 3:3ESV
How do you handle inter-personal relationships? Our tendancy is to say, “Okay” or”I treat people right.” But are we looking at all our relationships, or just the good ones? What about the co-worker who drives me nits, or the family member who challenges everything you say, or the person at church who shoots down every idea someone else comes up with?
Do I greet them with a smile (s real one!) and a friendly word or do I grit my teeth and groan inwardly when I see them coming? Do I choose to always give them the benefit of the doubt when they make an overture of frinedship, or do I remember old hurts and grievances?
we, myself included most of all, need to examine ourselves very closely in the handling of our relationships. For if we truly seek to walk as disciples, as followers of Jesus Christ, we need to treat others the way He did – ever patient, ever kind, always seeking to bring out the best in them, to draw them to Himself. The excuse “Well, I’m only human” jusst doesn’t fly – not if you are a follower of Jesus. We should strive to be “CHRIST-like” not “human-like” if we want to do what Jesus did and show the world around us who He is!
Choose – flesh or spirit? Life or death? Your choice.
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Whatever our personal individual and/or collective faiths, yet again, so sadly, places of congregational worship are being made unsafe by the vile and evil behaviours of man. No offence to your faith Jackie, I’m sure I don’t have knowledge of your religious denomination. I very definitely believe that humanity and striving to be collectively better humane is far more important than notions of faith. My faith is in human nature first and foremost. That’s the British way.
I think ESV means something that makes no sense to me. Could it be Eastern Standard Version? I know there are American “English Standard Version” Bibles that are nothing like our English Bible(s). And again, the interpretation of the verse and even the verse itself appears to have differences to authentic British text. I’m not sure if this Paul was actually Paul or Saul, and Corinth being either Greece or Cornish. The kind of thing we might never be sure of, although there are legends of tours and Tors and some of the story reflects occurences in Britain on the way to the foreign Holy Lands. Understanding the Bible is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The Quoran perhaps offers some major clues from another perspective also. I found an app version to download of it, although it has more relevance to the original region and those populations. I have to get reading more eventually, and I’m not a theologian really, however it seems essential in a neighbourhood and community sense to try and make sense of such matters. Best wishes to you and yours and thanks for sharing your link at Bloggers World.
Yes, ESV is English Standard Version. It is a translation that relies on the languages in which the books of the Bible were originally written.. Saul wad the Jewish name of the man who became kniwn as Paul when he began living and working in the Greek and Roman cities of the Mediterranean area. Corinth was a city in Greece. The bible version in the Anglican church tends to be the King James Version or New King James. It’s used here too, but I sometimes find it awkward. Hope this helps a little.
Yes, thankyou very much Jackie for sharing your knowledge and wisdom. I expect the story of Corinthians is linked somehow to the times of the tale of Lord Cedric, documented in old English Literature. The travellers maybe set sail from the Cornish Coast and perhaps arrived as far as Greece while seeking the narrow land of Italy. hence the name Corinth arrived in Greece as per the disguising of the scriptures Cornith+Corinth+Cornish in Olde Englishe. Of course Corinth then became the Greek place name. i don’t have much time or concentration to spend researching so can’t tie it up in concrete terms right now but that is my understanding so far. Hope you have a pleasant day and happy new month to you and yours hopefully. Thanks again.