“So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matt 7:12)”.
God’s Inescapable Love
I started this article with a verse from the Sermon on the Mount because this is the eternal command and way of Gods Kingdom. It is very important to understand who taught this, and how He then lived it out to perfection. His name? Jesus!
Now, at the level you personally are living this out will determine what your life is adding up to. Let me explain what I mean. If you are making life all about you then you are living in opposition to this command. The world around you is living in opposition to this command and has been ever since sin entered in through Adam and Eve.
There is no human solution to this fact. That is why Jesus came. To save us from ourselves.
He came to save a lost and dying world from sin. “God so loved the world he gave” is the beginning of John 3:16. God did not wait until we deserved to be loved because that would never happen. God did unto us what we did not deserve. He accomplished for us what we could not accomplish on our own. He died on the cross and rose from the grave. He conquered sin and death for us. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)”.
Without a loving relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, you and I cannot love like this.
Living as a Christ follower (a Christian) means we endeavor to live our life as Christ lived His.
This means that as Christians we love others as we would love ourselves. This means we put others first and our heavenly Father will take care of us. He promised that He would.
Another Inescapable Eternal Moral Law
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:7-9).”
This is the way of God’s Kingdom and no one gets a pass on this. Even if you do not follow Jesus as Lord and Savior this applies to you. It is ever present and active. Whether you want to believe it or not it applies to all of humanity. No one has an excuse!
It also directly ties into what I shared earlier, “do unto others.” If you want respect you must first sow/give respect. If you want love, you must first sow/give love. If you want to be heard then you must listen. You can put anything you want into play here.
Now, this does not mean you are going to receive in kind what you give. That is where it gets tough and where we need the help of the Holy Spirit. When we genuinely give to benefit someone else, especially someone who does not deserve it, we can get hurt. One can be taken advantage of, or worse, a gross injustice may occur.
Almighty God keeps good records and He will ultimately make all things work out for the good.
However, when injustice happens or someone sins/hurts us, this does not give us the right to go off on a riotous rampage. If you want to be heard and respected you must do the same to others. Showing disrespect will pretty much guarantee you will be disrespected. Show hate and I can pretty much guarantee, you will get hate in return.
You must understand that is the reaping part. You get back what you sow! Sometimes you get back more than you bargained for. Those who exercise their free will to say or do something will reap a consequence for what they did. You don’t get to decide what those consequences are. However, like I have taught my sons, your actions have consequences.
You are going to reap what you sow and that is a fact.
You can be mad about the outcome of your decision, but you would be wise to look at what you did. Was it from love and respect for others or from hatred and disrespect towards an enemy. You can’t have it both ways. You cannot disrespect someone and expect to be receive respect. Life does not work that way and Almighty God does not bless that, He can’t. This leads me to the last point, which again, is inescapable.
Unforgiveness Will Destroy You
Forgiveness is not an optional exercise. If you don’t believe me, I can appreciate that. After all who am I? But, I really hope you will believe Jesus.
Again, there is no place for anyone to justify unforgiveness. Listen to Jesus, “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:15).” I hope you can see how this ties into, “do unto others” because I am sure that you want your sins to be forgiven. This is especially true if you want Father God to forgive you your sins.
How is it that anyone could justify unforgiveness considering this eternal reality? It is like telling God I can’t forgive because this person’s sin is far worse than anything I ever did against you. But, no matter how real the injustice or sin done to you was, the call is to forgive.
Here is the power behind forgiving a person’s sin against you. It sets you free!
They no longer have power over you and you have released them to Almighty God. “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4)”. Notice how this makes clear the pathway of forgiveness. In Matthew’s Gospel, it reads “forgive us as we forgive.” Inescapable truth! If you choose to hold onto the offense it will bind you now and forever and Satan will have won the victory over you. He wants to destroy your life and this is one of his biggest tools.
Again, I hope you can see how this ties into the beginning of this blog. “So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12)”. This is the way of Gods Kingdom. You are blessed as you follow Jesus’ lead. You will be glad you did!