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Last week I shared William Arthur Ward’s Six Ethics for Life. Since then I came across Six Rules of Living that the late Rev. Billy Graham’s shared in his book, The Journey. I pass them on to you with my comments, not that my perspective is better or my manner of expression is superior.

MAKE IT YOUR GOAL TO LIVE AT PEACE WITH OTHERS

“As far as it is possible, live in peace with one another.” That was the advice given by the Apostle Paul centuries ago. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount teaches that peacemakers are children of God.

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AVOID REVENGE

I have heard some folks say when they are wronged, “I don’t get over it; I get even.” Living by the law of retaliation is one way but it is not the best way. The end result of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is that we will all be blind and toothless. Words of wisdom from the Bible offers an alternative:  “Turn away from evil and do good. Try to live in peace even if you must run after it to catch and hold it!” (I Peter 3:11 The Living Bible)

Before you embark on a journey of revenge dig two graves - ancient chinese philosopher confucius quote printed on burned wood board.

GUARD YOUR TONGUE

“It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell” (James 3:5-6, The Message). The tongue is a powerful tool for good or evil. Therefore we must be diligent with our speech.

Silence Talk Freedom Of Speech Woman Girl

NEVER REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL

Jesus instructed us to turn the other cheek. To “turn the other cheek” does not imply pacifism, nor does it mean we place ourselves or others in mortal danger (www.gotquestions.org). Rather it is an attitude that we must cultivate that chooses to return good for evil, love for hate, kindness for harshness, affirmation for insult.

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TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT THEM TO TREAT YOU

“The concept occurs in some form in nearly every religion and ethical tradition and is often considered the central tenet of Christian ethics. It can also be explained from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, sociology, human evolution, and economics” (Wikipedia).

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This is the Golden Rule. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? If everyone practiced this, there would be no need for laws and everyone would have a wonderful life. Obviously it is not so easy and does not happen automatically. Nevertheless it must remain one of our guiding principles.

 

PRACTICE THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness Is Not An Occasional Act, It Is A Constant Attitude

No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. When you are the “victim” of someone’s imperfect action, attitude, or words, you don’t have to wait for them to ask to be forgiven. It is possible to forgive so spontaneously that you rob the knife of its cutting edge. Forgiveness does more for the “forgiver” than for the “forgiven.” We forgive others when we let go of resentment and give up any claim to be compensated for the hurt or loss we have suffered.

As I said last week, there is no simple formula for rich and full living but these six principles are a good start.

Jamie Jenkins

If you have ever visited the Alps in Europe, I do not have to tell you that they are spectacularly beautiful. You have been overwhelmed by the majestic heights of the mountains and the lush valleys. A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in the Austrian Alps and was awed by the splendor of God’s creation.tyrolean: Beautiful alpine landscape with green meadows, alpine cottages and mountain peaks, Zillertal Alps, Austria Stock Photo

Innsbruck, with a population of 130,000, is the capital city of Tyrol in western Austria. This internationally renowned winter sports center hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.

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The Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium in Innsbruck has been used in the two Olympic Winter Games and is the venue of countless international competitions attracting spectators from all over the world. The main tower of the ski jump accommodates a restaurant, viewing terrace and the ski jump starting ramp and offers a breathtaking view of Innsbruck.

Innsbruck Bergisel Ski Jump, © TVB Innsbruck

I stood at the foot of the ski jump and watched a skier speeding down the slope and then soaring through the air. It was a thing of beauty but I thought to myself, “that could be dangerous.”

Later I traveled to the Stubia Valley about 15 miles from Innsbruck. The peaks that surround the valley rise to a height of about 10,000 feet. Five glaciers covering 5.8 square miles form a large glacier ski area, the Stubai Glacier. I ascended by cable car to the top of the mountain where hundreds of persons began their downhill trek on skis. It was an amazing sight but I thought to myself “that could be dangerous.”

Paragliding Neustift Stubaital The Rococo in Neustift in Tyrol is the second largest village church.  The interior surprises with its magnificent features.

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At the bottom of the Stubai Glacier is the beautiful Tyrolean village of Neustift with 4500 inhabitants nestled in this broad valley that is one of the most scenic in Tyrol. There is a large flat green space in the village that serves as the landing spot for people who paraglide from the surrounding mountains. I stood nearby and watched a steady stream of people drifting down from the mountains. They would land on their feet, take two or three steps, and then walk away to fold their chute. It looked like it would be exhilarating but I thought to myself “that could be dangerous.”

A couple of days after watching the skiers and the paragliders, I visited Salzburg, the fourth largest city in Austria. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has one of the best preserved city centers in the region and is renowned for the baroque architecture of the “Old Town.” Overlooking the city is a magnificent Hohensalzburg Castle. Construction of the fortress began in 1077 and it has been expanded several times over the centuries.24 Salzburg castle - Festung Hohensalzburg

Mozart's House, Geburtshaus, Salzburg.

Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I stood in front of his home, visited several of the 35 churches, and strolled along the banks of the Salzach River. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for the musical play and film The Sound of Music and these sites attract many tourists.

There are a dozen bridges across the Salzach River in Salzburg but perhaps the most interesting one is a pedestrian bridge that was re-built in 2001. Hundreds  of lovers have announced their romance to the world by securing a “Love Lock” with their names engraved on it to the Makartsteg Bridge.

Locking for Love on the Makartsteg Bridge

After watching skiers and paragliders engaged in “dangerous” activities, it was in the beautiful and tranquil (safe) setting of Salzburg that I had a fall and injured my shoulder. I stepped over a two-foot wall to get one more picture of the Makartsteg Bridge. My feet slipped on wet grassy slope and down I went.

Lessons learned: Lesson #1- Almost anything is “safe” if you exercise common sense and have the proper training and equipment (i.e. skiing, paragliding). Lesson #2- Anything can be “dangerous” if you ignore the rules and fail to use common sense (Could it be that walls/barriers are there for a reason?).

In the same manner, in the Bible God has given instructions of how to live. When we ignore or violate Divine guidance, the result will be injury to the soul.

Jamie Jenkins

 

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Keeping the rules may be a requirement of an orderly society but it is not enough just to “keep the rules.” Actions are sometimes just a way to put up a front that disguises the real person. Appearances do not always present an accurate picture.

Our actions are often prompted by political correctness or for personal gain. We must be careful not to prejudge the worth or value of something, by its outward appearance alone. A person may “act” right but in unguarded moments their true self is revealed. Judging a book by its cover is often misleading.

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Confucius said, “I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances.” Jesus suggested that “keeping the rules” is just the starting point. It is the outward manifestation of how one should behave. But more importantly is how one thinks.

The Imitation of Christ by a Kempis Thomas:

“A sure way of retaining the grace of heaven is to disregard outward appearances, and diligently to cultivate such things as foster amendment of life and fervour of soul, rather than to cultivate those qualities that seem most popular” (Thomas a Kempis).

We may obey all the laws and rules of society but harbor hatred in our heart. God calls us to be more than “good law abiding citizens” but to be equally concerned for the best interest of others as we are for ourselves.

Amber Benson is an American actress best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She says, “There is so much more to this world than outward appearances. Our society basks in the illusion of normalcy every day, and hides from the truth every night.”

Ten Commandments Tablets

Observing the “thou shalt nots” (Exodus) is fundamental to right living. But Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) instructs us more fully on right behavior: He teaches us that

  • Resentment and bitterness is always destructive
  • Lust and violence have no positive value.
  • Faithfulness in marriage involves more than monogamy
  • A person’s word is their bond
  • Retaliation is never appropriate but love and respect is always right

The “Law’ is our school master that teaches us the baseline of right behavior. But it is only the starting point. It important to observe “the Law” but it points us to a deeper truth.

God judges persons differently than humans do. People look at the outward appearance; God looks into the heart.

Jamie Jenkins