Matthew 7:12 (KJV) Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
I read the other day, I cannot remember where exactly: “We were not chosen to die on a cross, but for it, we are asked to repay with love. “How would I want to be loved?” and “How would I want others to love my family?”
If you see a need, fill a need. ❤
Christ came to teach us, not only what we are to know and believe, but what we are to do; not only toward God, but toward men; not only toward those of our party and persuasion, but toward men in general, all with whom we have to do. There are but two ways: right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven and the way to hell; in the one or other of these all are walking: there is no middle place hereafter, no middle way now. All the children of men are saints or sinners, godly or ungodly. See concerning the way of sin and sinners, that the gate is wide, and stands open. You may go in at this gate with all your lusts about you; it gives no check to appetites or passions. It is a broad way; there are many paths in it; there is choice of sinful ways. There is a large company in this way. But what profit is there in being willing to go to hell with others, because they will not go to heaven with us? The way to eternal life is narrow. We are not in heaven as soon as we are got through the strait gate. Self must be denied, the body kept under, and corruptions mortified. Daily temptations must be resisted; duties must be done. We must watch in all things, and walk with care; and we must go through much tribulation. And yet this way should invite us all; it leads to life: to present comfort in the favour of God, which is the life of the soul; to eternal bliss, the hope of which at the end of our way, should make all the difficulties of the road easy to us. This plain declaration of Christ has been disregarded by many who have taken pains to explain it away; but in all ages the real disciple of Christ has been looked on as a singular, unfashionable character; and all that have sided with the greater number, have gone on in the broad road to destruction. If we would serve God, we must be firm in our religion. Can we often hear of the strait gate and the narrow way, and how few there are that find it, without being in pain for ourselves, or considering whether we are entered on the narrow way, and what progress we are making in it?
~ Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary
Jesus commands us to love; that means we are to do good to all people, expecting nothing in return, serving them as if they were Christ himself. As we give, it shall be given to us by God on judgement day. Jesus is our perfect example. God gives us just what we need and so should we give to others. How we treat others reveals our true character (and our heart). Can we overlook their imperfections and treat them as we would like to be treated? I must admit this is such a hard thing for me to do. My flesh wants to put them in their place, give them what they deserve. But I try to remember the grace God has shown to me and then, it becomes a little easier to show grace to others. I know I certainly don’t deserve God’s grace, yet He gives it to me anyway! P:
Jesus forgive me. Thank You Lord for the grace that You pour out into my life so freely, so eagerly. Jesus cleanse me in my spirit when I am tempted to be unkind; when my words or actions are those that will not show Jesus in me. Grow me into the woman You created me to be; there is nothing I want but for my life to bring honor and glory to You. I seek only to draw others to You. Help me to walk in Your ways and show Your love to others all of my days. In Jesus name, Amen.