I’ve been listening and reading and a topic has been reoccurring. It has been plainly stated to me that GOD is not as interested in my doing as He is in my being.
So I asked myself today, Who do I want to be?
So far I’ve gotten one answer. And as I have dug into that one word, I am convinced if I were to be this, all else needed would be present in my being as well.
It’s a short word.
No. It’s not love.
To be sure if I were to be this, I would be a loving person. I have said if people could say only one thing about me after I depart this life I wanted them to be able to say: “She loved JESUS and she loved me.” I still want that. I started praying last month that DADDY GOD will make it evident to me who it is in my life that would not be inclined to say that of me and for Him to please make the necessary changes. I thinking He is working.
No the word is not honest. Or truthful. Or genuine. Or caring. Or compassionate. Or responsible. Or gentle.
This one word does encompass all these virtues and more. This word appears 215 times in the King James Version of the Bible; albeit, not every reference applies to this application of this word. And if you key this word into a google window, you get about this many results: 2,000,000,000. And I have strict filters. Naturally, all these don’t apply either.
The transliterated Greek word for this word is chrestos.
Many Biblical scholars have researched, expounded and preached about this English word for chrestos. Our recent and present society has watered down and even distorted this word.
Today it is defined this way: Having or showing a friendly, generous, sympathetic, or warm-hearted nature. 2. Agreeable or beneficial
What is this word I should BE?
We have an example. We have a model to follow. A perfect one. GOD.
He is always this. My life verse says He is. I have clung to it for years. But it is not enough for me to cling to it so I can survive this mean world but it is for me to submit to Him so He can be THIS through me in this very mean world.
You see EVERY action, EVERY word, EVERY thought that GOD has is FIT, USEFUL, PURPOSED, DESIGNED to bring us to repentance, to bring us to HIMSELF.
. . . and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. source Luke 6 Psalm 145:17-18 (NASB) 17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. source Romans 2:4 (NASB) 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? source
I NEED to BE this. I WANT to BE this. I want to be a woman who purposes, thinks about, speaks to, responds to (and on behalf of) people in such a way as to encourage, lead, help, and in all my doings point them to JESUS. For then I will be truly KIND.
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Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.