Acting In An Acceptable Way
I read this interesting question by pstraubie48: Do you act (or speak) in a way that you think others will find acceptable?
There is a fine line in being:
- acting the way "who we really are".
We, as human people with a sin nature condition, shouldn't trust our hearts. The Bible is the Word of God and by it, we walk through life. In Jeremiah 17:9 it says "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?", and in Proverbs 3:5 says "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding". I have written about our ways of acting in some of my hubs like:
- Truth Makes You Free,
- Poetry Of Life's Expectations,
- Depends On The Angle,
- Acceptance Is Not A Choice,
We are not alone on this planet. There are existing rules to regulate our mutual environmental share.
Bradlee Dean's quote
Freedom versus licentiousness
I believe that freedom is misunderstood with licentiousness. We do get to a moment when we just want to be ourselves, but the truth is that boundaries have to exist in order to live in peace with others. On hot days we probably will want to just walk under a tree naked, but is that really acceptable? So to a certain extent, we do have to act and speak in a way that others will find acceptable. Some people listen to their music without considering if the neighbor wants to hear it. Freedom shouldn't be misunderstood with licentiousness.
Examples of: Acceptable Acts
None Stealing, damaging, or altering any property
None use of tobacco products around others
Staying away from harassment of another person
Staying out of indecent exposure
Use of proper language (not obscene, or offensive)
Acceptable to God
I want to answer this question with Romans Chapter 12. The first verse says: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service." To those who have had an encounter with God know that it is all about God.
To know what it is to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is our spiritual service; I invite you to red the Bible daily in prayer.
Romans chapter 12
Transformed in the renewing of our mind
The second verse from this chapter has the words that I would like you to have present when having the decision of acting. "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
God wants the best for us, the reason of why His word is still reachable. The Bible has all the answers for each question, but first you need to trust the Lord.
Being acceptable unto others, is to be accepted by God first.
Romans 12: 2
Cling to what is good
Last, but not least, is verse 9 of Romans chapter 12 which says:
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good."
Love is not a feeling it is a decision. We need to practice loving acts in order to be sinceres in our ways. Love will keep us in the right track since it is the way to conduct our-self in an acceptable way.
Love does no harm, love is patient and kind. Read 1 Corinthians 13, so you may gain wisdom on what Love is about.
Try to be better each day
Do you act (or speak) in a way that you think others will find acceptable?
A resume of Romans 12 tells us how to be acceptable to others:
- acceptable to God
- transformed by the renewing of our mind
- cling to what is good.
The pictures below were shares that I received this morning. As I was writing this hub, I saw the relation with the question.
We are all different, needing "some" private space, but having the knowledge that everybody also is different needing their own "private space. I am trying to keep this in my heart to be acceptable when I act or speak as a testimony to others.
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
Respect beyond our differences
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill