One of the things I love to do is to play tennis. It began in the summer when I was between Grades 6 and 7. I’ve played off and on ever since. Currently, I play with two different groups. I love the game, and I love the people who play the game. Four or five times a week we play for an hour and a half. During this time, you get to know the character of the people you play with.
My tennis playing buddies would tell you that I play using Ephesians 4:25 as my guideline “? let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors for we are members of one another.” If you ask for my honest opinion, I will give you a line call as I see it whether or not it goes in my favour. When all of us play this way, then there are no disputes and no arguments. No call is worth lying about. Our friendships are more important than our tennis victories or defeats.
This can apply to our lives off the court, too. We are able to live our lives with inner tranquility by living in the love of Christ who “gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (verse 2)
Loving God, help us to be your imitators through lives of love. Amen. — HF