‘Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.’ Matthew 7:12 ESV
The Bible says, ‘There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves …of money… abusive… slanderous, without self-control, brutal… treacherous…’ (2 Timothy 3:1–6 NIV) If you don’t believe that, try sliding into a parking space another motorist wants. Or watch shoppers in a checkout line elbowing one another to save thirty seconds. And how about ‘your seat’ in church; you know, the one you’ve been warming for thirty years? The Bible says, ‘Be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves.’ (Philippians 2:3–4 CEV) Jesus said, ‘Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.’ In other words, practise putting others first.
Nobel Prize-winning medical missionary Albert Schweitzer said, ‘The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.’ If you need motivation, start looking for the good qualities in people instead of the bad ones. And remember, they have to do the same in your case. Do something to help them. If you really want to get ahead in life, love others a little bit more than they deserve, just like God loves you. Too often we expect everyone else to practise the Golden Rule. Hymnist Henry Burton wrote: ‘Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on. ’Twas not given for thee alone, pass it on. Let it travel down the years, let it wipe another’s tears, till in Heaven the deed appears—pass it on.’
SoulFood: Gen 28:1–30:24, John 13:1–17, Ps 130, Prov 31:28–31
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