Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Do you love your fellow man? In so much as you ask them if they need help and are willing to provide it. That you speak about the gospel to teach them about Jesus and how He can bring them salvation?
If you show this compassion to people, how can you even fathom doing the bad actions described in Romans 13:9? And as the last part of the verse states, “Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself.” Would you like any of these things to be done to you?
Interestingly, if you read Romans 13:10, “…therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” How often have you thought about the law being comprised of really only one thing – feeling compassion.
So let’s continue analyzing this. How can you sharpen your words – or put another way – how can you speak about yourself, to yourself, and with other people to show compassion?
When it comes to words concerning yourself, don’t say, “F*** me” in passing, you can just not say anything or “Oh my goodness.” But why condemn yourself with the former expression when you can just not do that which is showing yourself love. Not condemning yourself.
As it concerns other people, consider that most people you encounter on the bus and other public places may not speak to a lot of people during the day, and if they do, there is a good chance that the people they spoke to don’t care so much about what is happening to them. So how important does it become that your words – being an expression of what is in your heart as Jesus spoke in the Gospel of Matthew,
Mat 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things;
show compassion for other people? Imagine, that person you are sitting next to on the bus actually hears from you, “Hey how are you? Everything okay? I am asking cause I care and maybe I can even help you?” The fact of the matter is that people want to know that other people care, and this small action can go a long way to improving the stranger’s life, and yours as well. Who doesn’t feel good after having helped someone and caring for someone?
Just using our words differently as shown here, can have a profound impact on your life, the people around you, and the world – FOR THE BETTER.