DO UNTO OTHERS
by Cindy Bice
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
As Christians, we are blessed to have experienced the unconditional love of God! Because God loves us and fills us with His love, we can love others!
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Think about the attributes of God’s love for us and practice those thoughtful attitudes towards others.
Have you ever been mistreated? I have. Did you want to lash back? My first response at the time was fear for what was done and then I quickly understood they did not see me as I saw them. Rather than fear them, I chose to forgive and continued to show the love of God by my actions and attitude. (Every situation will be different and should be treated accordingly.)
On other occasions, I have felt like slapping people for being cruel and mean! No, I didn’t actually slap anyone, but I sure felt like it! When cruel injustice is done, it’s very hard to be civil. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to allow our emotions escalate to anger and we may say or do things we will greatly regret and are not able to take back.
What do you do when you are provoked or have been wronged? It depends on the situation. Serious situations may require your dialing 911 for help. You may need to speak to a Guidance Counselor.
When you let anger and hate fill your heart, that’s what is going to come out in your actions and words. When you let God’s love fill your heart, that’s what is going to come out in your actions and words.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Rather than react, we can choose our response. Before saying anything, take a breath and pause. While doing that, ask yourself Will it help or hurt what you’re dealing with?
Luke 6:31 (NIV) “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
1 John 4:7,8 (NKJV) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
Ephesians 5:2 (ESV) “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV) “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
PICTURE: My husband and I at Dukes Restaurant in Kauai
SONG: Brandon Heath – Your Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?
“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii
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