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“Do To Others…”

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!

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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

Fuel to the Fire

Father, over the last couple of weeks I have purposely not written much and have not posted at all. The rest has been beneficial in many ways abut I am glad to be writing regularly once more. I may have taken a respite from writing and blogging but I would never be benefited by time away from You. I am grateful that all along the way we have continued to walk side by side. Thank You, Father, for Your sustaining grace.

1 Peter 3:9 (<<click here)

Lord, as sin continues to drive our world, we cultivate the mindset of “it’s all about me.” We are all over getting what “belongs” to us – freebies, rewards, handouts, etc. we are just as bad at lashing out. Retaliation is the name of this game and we are obsessed with getting “even” – you hurt me, I hurt you. And if I can one up you, hurting you more than you hurt me, so much the better.

This may be the way of the world but it most assuredly is not Your way, Lord. Peter states Your truth when he writes,

“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you.”

We live in an upside down world and for many of us, it is extremely difficult to pull away from the multigenerational habit of retaliation – it’s how we’ve been raised! Every single one of us has roots, going way back, in lashing out and getting even. Sin is at the root of it all and has been there from the time sin entered the world. Cain took his anger out on Abel even though Abel had done nothing wrong. Cain wasn’t happy that his sacrifice had been rejected but Abel’s had been accepted. His anger was expressed in retaliation and his retaliation was murder. “God, You reject mine? Fine…You’ll not have his either!”

Retaliation is acted out every day. It’s all around us, from conflicts in the Middle East going back millennia to the driver flipping you off because of some driving infraction on your part. And retaliation takes us – all of us – nowhere but down.

Lord, as Your followers, we’ve got to put a stop to it – not doing so just continues to fuel the fire. We’ve got to stop paying back “evil for evil” and insult for insult. Believe it or not that’s the easy part.

The hard part? “Instead, pay them back with a blessing.” Lord, help us! Lord, help me… As You are, Lord, may I be…a lover not a hater. Help me be a giver and not a taker. Amen

Jan 3rd, Tues, 6:04 am