Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 A message from Bishop Edward C. Malesic: A local reporter recently asked me a question. “In this age of social media, how does one fulfill a New Year’s resolution to be a better person, kinder and less offensive?” A good place to start is by looking to our own sacred Scriptures. We believe that the words of the Bible are God’s revealed wisdom to us. So, in one translation of Ephesians 4:29, St. Paul writes this: “Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things people need to hear, things that will really help them.” This Scripture passage gives us good advice — whether we are talking to someone in a heated meeting or writing about someone online. In a later verse, St. Paul says, “Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.” I think of this passage often when I am meeting with people who might disagree with me. I also know from experience that when we are angry, it is best to step away before responding — maybe even for a day or two — always with the hope of making peace, not war. Sometimes we are too quick to jump into an argument without understanding the true situation. We need to walk a bit more gently with one another, try to be a bit more understanding to those who can rub us the wrong way, and — of course — follow the Golden Rule of Jesus: Treat one another as we would want to be treated ourselves.
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