Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Words Of Jesus Devotionals-22

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12) (NKJV)

Most of us desire that others be good and kind to us, that they may help us and not hurt us. If they aren't friendly, they may at least not trouble us in any way. A word of thanks and a word of praise is appreciated by all. In the above verse, Jesus gives us the "Golden Rule" or the "Rule-of-Thumb Guide" regarding our dealings and expectations from others.
If we do not respect, love and be thankful to others, we should not expect it from them either. But if we do expect it, we should be willing to give.
In the gospel of Luke, we read Jesus saying the same;
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. (Luke 6:31)

Even if we take these verses with regard to members in a single family unit, they have great relevance. If the husband and wife complement and thank each other for small and big things and the children are appreciative of their parents and vice-versa, there would be greater harmony in Christian homes.

There are a lot of imperfections in each of us and we would do well to remember that people around us are the same too and so we should be willing to forgive others as we expect them to forgive us our shortcomings with regard to them.
May the Holy Spirit help us all to follow the "Golden Rule" that Jesus gave us and follow in the footsteps of our Savior at all times.

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