12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
I need to remember this one daily. I have a tendency to be naturally suspicious of people, and being cautious is wise. But when it becomes a means of not reaching out, staying closed off and not loving as Jesus loved that’s a problem. I especially have trouble with “bad drivers.” I can mumble some pretty colorful stuff when people don’t drive right on the road.
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Sounds harsh, but I think Jesus takes our “name-calling” or “labeling” of others very seriously. I just felt so convicted this morning when I read those words about treating others the way I want to be treated. I am great with me family and people at church. My “badness” tends to come out at bad drivers and discourteous people. Courtesy is so important to me. Saying “please” and “Thank you” seems to be a lost art in the world. But there, in the world, it is even more important that I treat others the way I want to be treated.
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27)
Lord, how easy it is for me to forget these most simple and basic truths about how to be kind to those who are not kind to me. Forgive me.
I can’t expect people in the world to behave like Christ, they don’t know Him yet. I was just touched so deeply this morning, by the beauty and simplicity of Jesus’ guidance and instruction on how to treat people. I want to be like Jesus, more and more each day. I’ve got a very long way to go. But He loves me so much, He shows me the areas where I am falling short and enables me to repent, turn and change in those areas. This must be one He wants to work on this New Year with me.
Romans 12: 1-3
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Lord Jesus, I come before you and agree with You about what you have revealed in me this day. I confess my unkindness to people in the world and ask Your forgiveness. Please change me, guide me to see others as you see them, Treat others as You would treat them. Forgive my petty ways. Make me more like You. Amen