The Golden Rule. Treat people like you want them to treat you. The Golden Rule. With a bit of effort it’s not that hard to do. The Golden Rule. When you make a mistake, how would you like someone to treat you? When you are feeling ill, what would you want your loved one to do? The Golden Rule.
Follow the Golden Rule.
Don’t treat others in a way you wouldn’t want them treating you.
The pain of life can be unimaginable, but the magnitude of His love for us is immeasurable. And the love so freely given to us, with such sacrifice, should be shared with others. Our world is hurting. Share the burden of this life, comfort, care, LOVE!
A simple act of kindness, even the smallest of things, a smile for instance shared with a stranger in passing, has the power to change that persons whole day!
The way we treat people has a domino affect on the rest of the world! Choose love. Kindness. Humility. We are, none of us, better than the other. In His imagine, for His glory and purpose! Amen!
Shine your light today! This world needs it.
Against The Wall
On April 25, 1915, soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli peninsula expecting a quick victory. But fierce resistance by the Turkish defenders resulted in an 8-month stalemate during which thousands on both sides were wounded or killed.
Many of the ANZAC troops who were evacuated to Egypt visited the YMCA camp outside Cairo where chaplain Oswald Chambers offered hospitality and hope to these men so broken and disillusioned by war. With great insight and compassion, Chambers told them, “No man is the same after an agony; he is either better or worse, and the agony of a man’s experience is nearly always the first thing that opens his mind to understand the need of redemption worked out by Jesus Christ. At the back of the wall of the world stands God with His arms outstretched, and every man driven there is driven into the arms of God. The cross of Jesus is the supreme evidence of the love of God.”
Paul asked: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (ROMANS 8:35). His confident answer was that nothing can remove us from God’s love in Christ (8:38-39). When we’re up against the wall, God is there with open arms. —David McCasland
God’s love still stands when all else has fallen.
Witness From A Wheelchair
A woman named Nancy put this ad in her local newspaper: “If you are lonely or have a problem, call me. I am in a wheelchair and seldom get out. We can share our problems with each other. Just call. I’d love to talk.” The response to that ad was surprising—30 calls or more every week.
What motivated this woman to reach out from her wheelchair to help others in need? Nancy explained that before her paralysis she had been perfectly healthy but in deep despair. She had tried to commit suicide by jumping from her apartment window, but her fall left her paralyzed from the waist down.
In the hospital, utterly frustrated, she sensed that Jesus said, “Nancy, you’ve had a healthy body but a crippled soul. From now on you will have a crippled body but a healthy soul.” As a result of that experience, she surrendered her life to Christ. When she was finally allowed to go home, she prayed for a way to share God’s grace with others, and the idea of the newspaper ad occurred to her.
Every believer can do something to help others. Limited as we may be by sickness, old age, or disability, we can still pray, call, or write. No matter what our condition, we can be effective witnesses for Jesus. —Vernon Grounds
Little things become great things when they are done to please God.
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV
He died for you. It is your choice to live for Him!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 5:43-45 ESV
Seriously. Pray for your enemies. It is incredibly freeing!
Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord , supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side— leaders whose decrees permit injustice? They gang up against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide. God will turn the sins of evil people back on them. He will destroy them for their sins. The Lord our God will destroy them.
Psalms 94:16-23 NLT
When I feel my body failing I turn to the Lord, who is my everlasting strength and comfort.
Who finds favor with God? According to Isaiah, it is the people who “are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). This doesn’t mean that favor is something that can be earned by performing righteous deeds. Rather, it means that favor comes to those whose hearts are right in the sight God. After all, it was Isaiah who also said that “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Isaiah 64:6). If favor with God depended on perfect obedience to God’s will and ways, then none of us would have very much favor with Him at all, would we.
A person whose heart is right before God is a person who desires to walk in steadfast love. “Steadfast love,” in our verse today, speaks on our relationship to God and to other people. Deuteronomy 6:5 says that “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” and Leviticus 19:18 says “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” When our hearts are right before God our desire will be to love Him and His people. We may not always love as we should, but it will be the desire of our hearts. The person who has a heart for love receives God’s favor – and the favor of people as well.
Further, the person whose heart is right before God will be a person who desires to walk in faithfulness. “Faithfulness” also refers to our relationship to God and to other people. The faithful person stands firm when others give up. They do not quit on God or other people! When our hearts are right before God our desire will be to stay faithful to Him and His people. We may not always be as faithful as we should, but as long as it is the desire of our hearts, the Lord will be pleased. The person who has a heart for faithfulness receives God’s favor – and the favor of people as well.
Let steadfast love and faithfulness rule the course of your life. People will look upon you with favor – and so will God.
A Parent’s Prayer for Patience
Dear Jesus, you know how you once fed five thousand men with a boy’s meal and many of them became more concerned with their stomachs than their souls? That must have tested your patience.
And you know how your disciples kept arguing about which of them would be the greatest in heaven, even when your entire ministry had been a demonstration of humble service? Still, you never lost your cool.
And you know how the priests (who should have recognized you as the promised Savior, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world) were the very ones who rejected you and pinned you to a cross? Still you prayed over them, “Father, forgive.”
Lord, I am guilty of all those sins and more. I’m more concerned with my stomach than my soul. I’m reluctant to serve. I’m slow to confess my faith. I reject your will. I hold grudges. I lose control of my tongue and temper.
And yet you show me mercy.
Lord, thank you for your immense patience in my life. Let it put a smile on my face as I show patience to others. My children. My spouse. My coworkers. My government. Lead me to witness patiently of your mercy, so that others might come to believe. Amen.
“I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:16).
The Lord takes us through many seasons in our lives. From abundance to famine; from much too little; He shows us, teaches us, that threw it all the only thing that we need is our confidence in Him; with him there’s nothing we cannot accomplish as long as it is a part of His will.
My faith has been shaken many times throughout my life, through it all one thing is certain, there is one thing I hold true to, the Lord has brought me through all of it and the things that He has taken me through have made me the person I am today. You may be going through trials right now; find the lesson in them, learn it so that you never have to go back to that place again. Maybe you are in a time of abundance; look around you, be tender and compassionate, and remember the times you were in a famine; share with those who have less than you at this time. For one day you may be in a position of famine again, and your kindness will be remembered; give thanks and be joyful no matter what season you are in! You are being molded into the person you were created to be.
Be content and thankful for what you have, no matter how great or little it may be.
Be still and know that you are loved no matter what you are going through; nothing can take away the love of God! So let it beam into your life; let it fill you; let it mold you; let it grow you; learn to be content no matter what you have, because, no matter what you have, you will always have the love of your Father.