This morning it is another privilege to talk to you with some positive thought and same time encourage us to be a better people. In all the ways of the Lord we are going to acknowledge the Lord and let Him direct our paths. It is important for us to be acknowledged by the Lord. It is a great recognition as individuals and as a ministry. We do not look for it but whatever we do stands out whether good or bad. I urge you to choose the more positive approach and you will never regret it. This is your time so shine and let the world see you.
We control how we react and feel we are all different and react differently due to our life experiences. Just because we are responsible for how we react to how others, does not give a person the green card to mistreat another. Being kind to others sets an example to others and shows others that mistreatment is not OK.
Taking responsibility for our actions is very essential step to our happiness. Nobody is able to take powers from you. Your values and strength will remain always with you regardless of other people actions.
A person out of respect for others should be careful not to deliberately do things they know would hurt someone’s feelings. Anyone who would deliberately do that has more love for themselves than others and may God Forgive them for that they sure need some help.
Love is kind and does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, and if you do what you want and say what you want and that hurts others then you are not coming from a position of love but from a position of selfishness, hatred and jealousy.
One is about our ‘actions’ whilst your point is about our own ‘reactions’. They are different. Our actions affect others and we need to be considerate of others. When others are inconsiderate or downright abusive, they have affected us. We may have a bruise body or bruised heart. They are responsible for what they did not us; we are responsible for how we then manage the consequences of this. Do we allow them to continue or stand up for ourselves etc.? Don’t ever believe that you are responsible for someone else’s ‘actions’.
There are ways to get your point across without hurting someone’s feelings.
First of all, put yourself in their shoes for a minute.
Second, ask yourself how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes.
Third, say what needs to be said in a normal tone of voice no screaming, no name calling; discuss it like two adults, not two year olds.
“Think before you speak”, that’s one thing I’ve learned not as a child, but an adult. I believe each person is responsible for their own actions. And if someone who claims to be a ‘friend’ yet speaks ill toward you in a certain manner, then that person is not a true friend. In Ministry Ministers support Ministers and encourage them to move on. We must be forgiving and moving on to the next level. Friends support friends, not beat them up and not make them feel demeaning/belittled. You want respect; you have got to EARN respect. You can’t demand it (and if you do, hit the curb).
In this world we all have our own community. Church, city, neighborhoods, homes and schools in which we must find a way to get along with our fellowmen. In ministry we have a charge to keep and a God to glorify, and this is a great difference. We must lay aside the things that beset us and start to run the race with patience. I encourage all of us to love and not hate, and to do the best to encourage one another to serve the Lord. Our actions do affect others and we can lead by example and with love. “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. Peace and love to all.
I will forever be your brother and elder in Christ loving and caring for each on the same level. With our ministry expanding we are to be good examples in word and deed so others will see the good works in us and glorify the Father in Heaven. Long live the Name of our God and long live The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist.
Archbishop and Apostolic Head