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We are not our own, we were bought with a price.  That is as foundational of a truth as lives in scripture.  Still in this world it is difficult to remember that the salvation we received was given to us at the cost of Jesus sacrifice of relinquishing his Godhood and becoming a servant whose torturous death brought redemption for those who choose to follow him.

Knowing this, we should walk through our days showing God’s character. Simply put, we are not like everyone else.  We do not snicker when others fail.  We do not celebrate when others experience misfortune.  Instead, we show class and empathy when those around us—even our rivals, fall into hard times.  In addition, we do not exercise our power and authority simply because we can.  Instead we rule with grace and wisdom and make decisions that honor God.

Finally, we live a life that shows our respect for God.  We work hard, we love our family and we do our best to show as many of his character traits in our lives. If we live that kind of life, at the journey’s end—we will be able to part with joy and few regrets—leaving a legacy that lasts for generations.

God Bless You

Do not gloat when your enemy falls;     when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, 18 or the Lord will see and disapprove     and turn his wrath away from them.

Saying 29

19 Do not fret because of evildoers     or be envious of the wicked, 20 for the evildoer has no future hope,     and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Saying 30

21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,     and do not join with rebellious officials, 22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them,     and who knows what calamities they can bring?