Most of us have heard the words, “Do on to others as you would have them do onto you”, right? I mean it comes straight from the scriptures, right? Right! Luke 6:31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
Who would argue with that kind of wisdom? Unfortunately, it’s one of those concepts that are intellectually easy to understand, but not always so easy to follow when emotions are thrown into the mix.
Actually, this concept fits very well with the mandate from scriptures not to judge other people. Again, it’s one of those things that are easy to understand, but not always so easy to follow.
Why is it we see other people’s faults and mistakes so much easier than our own? I smoked cigarettes for 28 years, but have now been a non-smoker for about 12 years. As hard as it was for me to quit smoking, you would think I would be the most understanding of all people on the issue, but I’m not always.
I can’t tell you how many church splits I have been through because people got offended with each other. Instead of trying to make things right or forgiving like they would want to be forgiven, they just leave. I’ve heard just about every flavor of Christian denomination condemn the other flavors that weren’t like them. It’s puzzling why so many Christian, of all people, are so judgmental of others.
I’ve been working very hard lately at not judging others; being nice to everyone I meet, looking for the best in others, and not allow myself to get caught up in gossip. I can’t say it’s been a total success, but I am getting much better.
None of us likes to be judged or treated badly by others, so why not make it our mission to stop the madness, and starting doing on to others as we wish them to do onto us?
I think if we read the following chapter every day, and or if every church service began with the reading of this chapter; we might all be much better people.
What do you think?
Living Sacrifices to God
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Behave Like a Christian
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”[b]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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