The Golden Rule

“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.

Today, I will be alert in practicing this.

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“The Hiding Place”

There are a dozen of us who read an inspirational book each month and discuss it the following.  This month we read “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom, which is about an elderly watchmaker and his two middle-aged spinster  daughters from Holland during World War II.  There home was a safe place for refugees until they were captured and sent to concentration camps.  One of the sisters absolutely refused to hate the abusers and even smuggled parts of a Bible in to camp and read to all who wanted to hear.  She lived by the verse from Luke 23:34 which reads “Then said Jesus, ‘Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.'”  She knew that people would do better if they could.

It seems everything of late continues to point to “forgiveness”.  Maybe there is more to learn about this subject and I am willing to do so.

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Judge Not

It is often easy to fall into the dangerous habit of judging and comparing ourself to others, but that only leads to feelings of pride or inferiority and sometimes both.  We don’t even know the real picture when we entertain comparisons.  As I cease to judge, condemn and compare, I begin to make progress.  Luke 6:37 states, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”  That  leads to real freedom!

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The Lord’s Prayer

Today, I am working with the line in the above Prayer, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”.  This, to me, can mean to be mistreated by someone which is an action.  It can easily promote a reaction, where it can have a power over us!  In the next instance, we are hypnotized or mesmerized to that action and it becomes all-consuming.

The Kingdom of Heaven is within and that is peace and harmony.  We can lose that feeling with one reaction.  By beginning with God in prayer, the power of Peace and Love can never be taken from us.  Psalms 27:4 reads, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”  This cannot be achieved by playing and replaying a misdeed.

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Be Gentle

This morning while at my desk, studying and praying, I noticed there was not much joy in my praying.  Almost immediately, I began to think of everything I had to be grateful for and was instantly repentant for my thinking.  Then I opened the Bible to Luke 6:37 where it 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.”  This includes my thoughts about me.  Today I will be gentle with myself!  That makes it easier to be gentle with others.

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Seventy Times Seven

Today I am working and praying with Matthew 18:21-33 which is self-explanatory, I think.  It reads “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.  And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.  So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

The his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee?”

My prayer is to practice this.

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