Before this day gets to rolling, Father, I want to give it to You. Beyond the routine and mundane, I do not know what today will hold but You do. May I be what You need me to be. Use me this day as You will. Amen.
Matthew 7:12 (<<click the green)
Before I really get started I have to say how grateful I am to singer Steve Green in reference to something else from my days as a children’s pastor. He put out a wonderful collection of scripture but to music for kids. To this day, I can look at Karen when certain verses are read and ask, “What does that remind you of?” and she’s remembered the song, too! This is one of those passages. I pray that these songs have stuck with the many children we ministered to over the years!
This is one of those verses that has had a couple of perversions over time. Lord, at the core of this statement, is love. It reads,
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
It speaks of the passage from Leviticus 19:18, which is also repeated in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and several Epistles as well. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
But we in our devious minds like to twist it. Some may think it’s funny but all too often we live out these perversions.
“Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you.”
“Do to others before they do to you.”
“Do to others as they do to you.”
Lord, we have all been guilty of acting out at least one of these statements. Our sin nature wants to hurt others, it wants to get the upper hand before others can hurt us, and it wants to retaliate when we are hurt.
If just the Christians throughout the world would live out Your command to “do to others what you would have them do to you” the world would be totally changed and many lost souls would be brought into Your kingdom.
Lord, help me to live out Your command this day. Again may I be what You need me to be. Use me this day as You will. Amen.
Feb 12th, 2018, Mon, 6:42 am