Slow to suspect — quick to trust.
Slow to condemn — quick to justify.
Slow to offend — quick to defend.
Slow to reprimand — quick to forbear.
Slow to belittle — quick to appreciate.
Slow to demand — quick to give.
Slow to provoke — quick to conciliate.
Slow to hinder — quick to help.
Slow to resent — quick to forgive.
John Stott (The Contemporary Christian) poses the question, ‘What is the chief distinguishing mark of a Christian?’ Various answers might be given:-
1. Truth. Certainly, sound doctrine is vital to the health of the church. See 1 Tim 6:12,20; 2 Thess 1:14; 2 Thess 2:15; Jude 1:3. But ‘if I…can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,…but have not love, I am nothing’ (1 Cor 13:2).…
Baroness Thatcher was a ‘devout Christian’, according to Dr Eliza Filby, author of God and Mrs Thatcher. She regularly attended the parish church at Chequers, regarded the life of Jesus as exemplary, and drew on the Bible to support her political values.
I will not call into question the sincerity of Baroness Thatcher’s faith. But I will, however, comment on one rather glaring (mis)understanding of the teaching of Scripture.
As reported in Christianity magazine (June 2013), Filby says says that in the early 1980s the text “Love thy neighbour” was often appealed to in support of the welfare state. …
A Christian friend of mine was rather allergic to the word ‘nice’. He had noticed how often it creeps into everyday conversation (“That’s nice”; “She’s nice”) and concluded that it is a weak, insipid, non-descript term that has little place in our working vocabulary. My friend rarely used the word himself. And when others used it he would often ask, “What exactly do you mean?”
The trouble is that for many Christians, ‘Thou shalt be nice’ has become the first and greatest commandment. …