Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Discipline of Christ

If we are to love God,
if we are to love our neighbors,
if we are to make no oaths,
if we are to not swear that something is true,
if we are to be forthright in our speech rather than speak evasively,
if we are to make no preparations for tomorrow,
if we are to build up no storage of goods nor money nor food nor substance for ourselves,
if we are to do alms to the poor,
if we are to give to everyone who asks,
if we are to forgive every debt owed us,
if we are to lend to all comers without asking for our stuff back,
if we are to not ask for our stuff back from those who take it,
if we are to sell our possessions and distribute the proceeds to the poor,
if we are to avoid the desire for possessions,
if we are to refrain from lust,
if we are to pray always,
if we are to be merciful,
if we are to not resist evil,
if we are to turn the other cheek when struck,
if we are to comply with those who compel us,
if we are to concede to our opponents even before they take legal action against us,
if we are to let those who sue us have what they sue us for,
if we are to refrain from judging,
if we are to refrain from condemning,
if we are to love our enemies,
if we are to bless those that curse us,
if we are to do good to those who hate us,
if we are to pray for those who spitefully exploit these things against us and use us,
if we are to send back good for evil done to us,
if we are to forgive every offender even until seventy times seven,
if we are to not expend effort to preserve our own lives,
if we are to do every last thing we want done to ourselves to others,
if we are to wholly walk in these ways as God wholly walks in these ways,
if we are to both do and teach all these things,
and
if we do these things we are the church and family of God,
and
if we do not do these things we are not the church and family of God,
then
what else is there to talk about?