“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

The Apostle Paul writes to the church @ Ephesus reminding them, encouraging and instructing them to keep in their minds just how much Christ Jesus had forgiven each one. Then Paul says, ‘now you forgive one another in just the same way Christ Jesus has forgiven you. Without need of coaching, be kind to one another and compassionate to one another.’

Yet, it seems, many times we are forgiven much and we may even remember that. We are forgiven by the blood of the sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ, and we even remember that. We are given instructions on how to ‘wash and dry’ our behavior after our forgiveness.

The instructions are sewn so securely in our minds by the reading and obedience to God’s Word. The Word says, “hand-wash with kindness and lie flat to dry with compassion.” But, we short circuit the instructions and throw our hope and help in a hot dryer and ‘tumble-dry’ for quick action. Yes, we use a more direct, or convenient, but an improper method for our behavior.

We are much like tumbleweeds, breaking off from the freedom Christ Jesus has given us. Then the wind comes and we get tumbled about dispersing (scattering) our tumbleweed seeds in every direction. We lose sight of peace, joy and love.

Yet, we ignore divine instructions and throw our thoughts into the quick ‘tumble-dryer.” Then the mind floats off into oblivion. A tumbleweed blowing across our distorted minds indicates a deserted situation and emphasizes our awkward dilemmas.

Hebrews 5:14 ” solid food is for the full-grown, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.”

The writer of Hebrews gives us a real clue to wash and dry our minds and keep the tumbleweeds out of our heads and hearts. ‘Keep your senses and mental faculties trained by practicing to know the instructions and following them to the detail.’ Don’t tumble dry when the instructions are lie flat to dry.

Let’s start ’08 with kindness and compassion. Conquer evil with kindness. Give compassion to a fellow human being consistently. Be a giver, freely give. Forgive one another as Christ Jesus has forgiven you.

Happy New Year! Ride into ‘08 with success and ride out with even more success.