An Admirable Life (9)

    Please note the attributes of holy living mentioned in Colossians 3:12f are all non-moral, at least in the sense of high-backed, stiff-necked, holier than thou morality. Compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience are inward, personal transformational attributes. Holiness is inward, then outward.

   Each of the aforementioned attributes serve as possible antidotes to toxic anger, addictive cycles of revenge and immobilizing guilt. That is to say, each one is an avenue to forgiveness. 

   Please set aside all you think about forgiveness. What you are doing is probably not working.

   Forgiveness is more, and other, than the release of vengeful anger. In the same way spiritual impurity is the product of spiritual immaturity, forgiveness is the resolution of wounded pride. Forgiveness is not simple forgetfulness. Admirable living is transparent goodness, unconditional love, expressed in the course of daily life.

   Consider this truth: God forgives because it is in the nature of God to forgive. The nature of God is love, service, other-centeredness and utter self-giving. God is a super-natural, extraordinary mind, existent apart from the object of His forgiveness. God releases wrath in measured doses. Forgiveness and unconditional love He lavishes generously from age to age.

Opinions expressed here are mine alone.


9 thoughts on “An Admirable Life (9)”

  1. I think we don’t know much about forgiveness unless we yearn for it.
    I had a church member once tell me he was “going to do what [he was] going to do.” He added, “And if you are a Christian, then you have to forgive me anyway.” I don’t think he was an admirable person. I still don’t. But, I did forgive him, and have tried to reconcile appropriately.
    Changing the subject, it seems sometimes the higher one goes in denominational life the more difficult it is to remain admirable. Many political moves within large organizations do not display the admirable life.

  2. Since this is #13 I am expecting a Star Wars type prequel of numbers 9-12. You can call them Admirable Life: The High School Years. 😉

  3. Nice distinctions. Seems to reflect the move to consider virtue ethics over the typical ethical decisions based on ought-ness. Personhood, embodying the Way of Jesus, seems to demand an answer to the question of what kind of person will you be rather than what are the things a good person does. Doing what a good person does, does not necessarily produce a good person.

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