Life Is Better Lived In The Active Voice

Being good is not easy. Keeping the ten commandments is difficult. I have often transgressed many times and usually the same ones every time. But the ten commandments are but the bare minimum to a just and upright life. When I will finally stand before God to be judged, he will not ask how I have observed them: did I keep the Lord’s day holy? did I honor my father and mother? did I steal? did I lie? did I do harm to others? did I commit adultery? did I desire that which belonged to others?

No. Instead God will ask how I have loved, what I did to and for others: did I feed the hungry? did I clothe the naked? did I welcome the stranger and the homeless? Knowing this makes living for me more meaningful. Life is not passively avoiding traps and pitfalls. Life as about actively doing good and loving others.

And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life”  Matthew 25:31-46

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