How Ought We To Live?

Ever since man began to question things, right in there with who am I, why am I here, and where am I going was the title question; How ought we to live? These questions did not originate in the 1960’s with a social movement. Even the ancient Greek philosophers pondered this.

Many have suggested various solutions to the dilemma. But it was never put any better than the apostle Peter in his first general epistle:

1 Peter 4:7-11 MSG

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

Love is the answer to many of the social conflicts we have today. War is a form of aggression. Aggression comes from frustration. There is frustration in our lives because we do not trust God to handle our problems. Some of you are bound to think that this is an over-simplification, and maybe so, but consider this– We put up with more from those we love than we would put up with from anyone else. If we loved more people and to a greater degree, then we would be less aggressive and that would be a better life for all.

Apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 13 what love is and what love is not. If we take that and apply it liberally to St. Peter’s advice, above, then we’ll take a giant step toward how we ought to live!

My prayer for you today is that you will love more and feel loved more. Christ can help you with that, if you simply ask Him.

6 thoughts on “How Ought We To Live?

  1. We just read the I Cor 13 love verses in bible study today. Man are they convicting. Love matures us and covers our sins. Love allows me not to judge the sin in others and expects more good things from them and me.

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