There is no room for selfishness in the Christian life. As we examine what we commonly refer to as “The Golden Rule,” may our hearts be stirred to see our selfish focus and shallow pursuits for what they are, and turn to Jesus.
Do Unto Others
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Where this command is found:
“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.”
How important are others to us? What about total strangers? Or even the person who carelessly cuts us off in traffic? The command of Christ Do Unto Others levels the playing field—as we would want to be treated, so we are to treat others.
It is so easy to get in a rut of selfishness thinking that if we are treated properly, we will do the same for others. But Christ calls us to a much higher standard: treating others as we would treat ourselves. Christ exemplified this when He yielded Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this before we ever loved Him and it is with this same selflessness that we are to love others.
Fulfilling this command is only possible one way: Christ living in and through us. As a believer, this can occur if we delight in God’s Word and yield to the Holy Spirit’s control. It is then that our focus will be taken off ourselves and we will become a channel of Christ’s love fulfilling the command, Do Unto Others!
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Jesus makes it very clear — whatever you want others to be doing for you, you should do for them. This is not something passive — it is something active.
Everyone has needs — the need to be loved, the need to be protected and provided for, the need to be cared for, and even deeper spiritual needs. How can we make ourselves available to the Lord to meet the needs of others?
Do you ever overlook other people’s needs or perspective? Do you tend to focus on others’ faults and excuse your own shortcomings? In this convicting episode we'll expose the great need for us to walk in humility and sensitivity.