“Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” This is something we have heard all of our life, but this morning I thought of it differently. I thought of loving others as I want to be loved; seeing others as I would like to be seen and of course, treating others as I would like to be treated. As I prayed to do this, I knew I hadn’t always done this and I was led to Luke 6:37 which reads “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Does this not apply to ourselves as well.
This morning, while studying and praying at my desk, I caught myself trying to intellectualize how something was going to turn out. It didn’t take long for me to turn to God and quieten my thoughts and just listen, since it was not working the other way. Trying to figure things out involves ego and self-will while understanding comes from the heart if it is filled with humility and gratitude.
Luke 9:21 reads “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:” Sometimes, I just need to listen more.
Today in class, the teacher gave us seven steps to do in order to finish a project we were working on. There was frustration throughout the class evidenced by the heavy sighs. No one could understand how we were getting to the finished product. After a while, each of us continued on our journey and what happened was amazing.
After each step was completed, the next step became clear and on and on until the next to the last step where we stopped today and will finish next week. We were all focused on the last step and where we currently were on the first step. It just hadn’t made sense.
James 1:4 states “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This was the verse I used today and helped me to see that each and every step were important for me to achieve the end product.
While praying for the world today, I think of how easy it is to criticize and condemn others if I am not careful. When I cease entertaining those negative thoughts about others, I know I am progressing spiritually. World peace actually begins with each individual.
1 Timothy 2:8 states, “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” When I first thought of this title today, I opened my Bible to this verse. God is always revealing precious angel messages to us which we can hear as soon as we kick ungodlike thoughts out!
Not so long ago someone came to me about reacting to someone who had been unkind to her. First, we discussed that we always needed to respond rather than react. After praying about the situation, I was reminded we must always go to God first. My mother’s favorite saying was “two wrongs don’t make a right”. Then I remembered how I was thinking about turning the other cheek once when it occurred to me that when that is done, we are looking at a situation from a different angle which may reveal something to us about the other person that we hadn’t seen before. Almost all of the time, it has nothing to do with us.
Matthew 5:39 states “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Never have I been pleased with myself when I react angrily.
Each morning as I begin my day, I quieten my thoughts to check to see where they are. By thinking of God and His attributes, which consist of Love, life, might and glory, any worry, fear, pain and discomfort disappear. That, to me, is also casting my nets on the right side.
Romans 8:31-32 reads “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”
My day depends on how I choose to think. Today, I will add to my gratitude list before I even begin.
There was once a time when answering the question “How are you?”, I would first do a quick mental check of my physical health, financial, sons, husband, business, etc. before answering. My well-being was dependent on a positive reply to each of those categories and would frequently change. Sometimes, even the weather would play a part in how I felt.
Now, when that question is asked, I can honestly reply “All is well” because I have turned my life over to God. Romans 12:2 states “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”