Things we are never sorry for:
- Doing good to all
- Being patient with the ignorant
- Listening before judging
- Not speaking when angry
- Being kind toward the distressed
- Speaking bad about no one
- Not listening to those who speak badly of others
- Praying for our enemies
- Serving Christ with loyalty
- Doing our duty
- Forgiving those who wrong us
- Doing good without expecting a reward
Acts such as these add sorrow to no ones life — including your own.
Whose Your King
For a Christian to acknowledge God as King, Lord, Almighty, Shepherd, or some other attribute, is to say that we are not. If God is King, then we are not, nor is anyone else, and we are His subjects. If God is Almighty, then we are something less. Much unhappiness is brought upon ourselves when we insist on asserting that we are something more than our true nature.
If God’s will is perfect, as we say it is, then we should submit ourselves to that will. We should acknowledge our own ignorance and never presume to know the will of God. We should ask God to teach us what lessons He says are appropriate for us to know. We should live our life in accordance with His desires and His commands.
This is the only way that the Christian will find true blessing. So why do we find it so hard?
The wound of an oyster — a grain of sand inside — is where a pearl comes from. A single grain of sand, unable to be washed out, is the cause of a pearl growing in order to protect the oyster. So it is with our life as well. The Christian will know be wronged and know injury. How are we to respond so that pearls growing in us?
God will not allow our lives to be injured beyond what He has ordained for us, nor can we be wronged past His using it for our benefit. The God of all the universe, who is just and righteous, will judge according to His unfathomable ways and care for those who are His own. So our duty is to bear wrongs when inflicted, and when faced with injustice to bathe lives around us with love. By doing this our soul becomes a pearl.