Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Spirit of Gentleness: July 4

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Spirit of Gentleness: July 4

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JULY 4

Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-9; Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Scripture has much to say about our citizenship in the Christian community and in civil society. As Christians, we claim a tradition in which our first loyalty is solely to God, the source of life. This God has protected and liberated us, as the psalmist recalls: "Come and see what God has done.... He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot" (Psalm 66:5-6). Our God brought us from enslavement to the freedom of new citizenship in God's reign.

Paul reminds us, however, that citizenship in the Christian community, as in civil society, includes fights and responsibilities. We must assume responsibility for our actions, "For all must carry their own loads" (Galatians 6:5). More important, when another makes a mistake, we are not only to treat them with "a spirit of gentleness," but to "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:1-2). …

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