I recently read a book about Jane Austen’s good manners. I was amazed at how Jane Austen had collected the good manners of European Christian lives, and had turned this collection into the beloved romance novel, Sense and Sensibility. When you look beneath the prose of the conversations within the story, you actually see a reflection of God’s manners and His love for His children.
I am really amazed by the ways of God. These have been observed in the transformation of the men of Europe into becoming gentlemen of culture ~ where their mannerisms and cordiality are reflected in every aspect of their communications. And here am I, in the 21st century’s birthing of the next Renaissance, desiring to be just as loving as Jesus.
Following the simple instructions of Jesus, to love everyone as your own self, is not exactly easy, especially in casual conversation. This is a hurdle I am trying to cross every day, with every greeting. Oh, the rewards of kindness are so great! They become treasures stored forever in your memory and in Heaven’s treasure chest. No wonder all of Europe during the Great Reformation sought to become great ladies and gentlemen.
The Christian European culture allowed the whole world to view the gentleness and kindness of God. Now we are about to experience this on a whole new level of transformation, as God releases fresh Christian love upon American culture. Believe me, this is going to be a wonder that will remain in the earth. Good Christian culture must include gentleness and kindness.
Before my dear mother, Reverend Marilynn Gazowsky, passed away a few years ago, she spoke her last sermon ~ which was again preached at her funeral by her granddaughter, Rocki Starr. My mother handed down this wondrous revelation: “Are you afraid of God’s goodness, and how wonderful it is going to be?“
The closer I get to God and I see how wonderful and kind He is, I am literally holding my breath to see His beauty in such a gentlemanly display!
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky