This prayer exemplifies, in my mind, what a Christian should be.
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, … let me sow love;
Where there is injury, … pardon;
Where there is doubt, … faith;
Where there is despair, … hope;
Where there is darkness, … light;
And where there is sadness, … joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek …
To be consoled … as to console;
To be understood … as to understand;
To be loved … as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Christianity should not be a religion of “Thou shalt not’s” but a religion of faith and love.
If we love, we will not hate.
We will not judge and retaliate.
We will strive to encourage goodness.
We will make an effort to understand perceived affronts to ourselves,
And be slow to be offended.
We will comfort others and try to lighten their load.
It is my opinion that St Francis of Assisi was the Christian of all Christians.
How we “worship” and what tenants of belief we follow matters little if we do not live a Christian life as defined by Francis.