How Do You Want to Be Treated?

Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

He didn’t say: do to others what they did to you.

We are supposed to be the light, a reflection of Christ.

Be different. Be the light in a dark world.

Matthew 7:12
New Living Translation
The Golden Rule

12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Mercy Flows

As difficult as it is to love people today, God is ALWAYS in the mercy business…whether you think the person deserves it or not:

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. ~ Matthew 9:13

Affirm Others as God Affirms You

I joke with my husband that the reason I like word games so much is because they are so affirming. When I figure out words from the revealed letters, the app pops up with, “Fantastic!”, “Amazing!” “Brilliant!”…sometimes even with just a 3 letter word, lol.

Read today’s entry from the current bible study I’m doing with some friends. It addresses this very topic ❤

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An excerpt from the Better Together Devotional by Rick Warren

Affirm Others By Accepting Them

Here’s a little secret: Everybody is looking for affirmation. Have you noticed that? People will do almost anything to get it. If you don’t believe that, just watch some of the reality shows. Look at what people do to get on TV, just so people will applaud them.

God is an incredibly affirming and loving Father. When you affirm other people, you are showing love and representing Christ. Jesus affirmed people as he ministered, so you are ministering like Jesus did. You’re showing the world a little bit more about what God is like.

One of the best ways to affirm people in everyday life is to show them acceptance. Romans 15:7 says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you” (NIV).

The easy choice sometimes is to snub and belittle and demean people, especially when they don’t measure up to our standards. We all have a tendency to take our strengths and project them on other people, and then put them down when they don’t meet our expectations. For instance, you may be someone who is always punctual, and when other people are late, you tend to look down your nose at them. At the same time, it makes you feel good about yourself because you’re better at being on time. Or maybe you’re a very tidy person who can’t help but notice when you go to other people’s houses how messy everything is, and it makes you feel better about yourself. We tend to project our strengths on other people, forgetting that we have weaknesses in other areas.

Let me tell you a better way to feel better about yourself. Instead of doing it by putting other people down, why not try lifting other people up? It gives you a thrill like nothing else.

The Bible says in Romans 12:10, “Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another” (AMP).

In order to do the work of God, you and I have to value the God given differences among us and the way we are uniquely shaped. Here’s how you know when you’ve accepted someone: You stop insisting that they be just like you. You realize and rejoice in the fact that they’re different. The truth of the matter is, the world would be a boring place if everyone were just like you. So God has made us in all different kinds of ways to do all different kinds of things so everything can get done in this world.

The goal of a family, a small group, a church family, or any community group is not to mold people into your image but to accept and affirm each other and help each other discover who God made you to be.

Better Together • Devotional https://bible.com/reading-plans/1650/day/12?segment=0

Give True Hope

Rather than exhort someone to “just believe” or encourage a stranger with, “you’ve gotta have faith”, give someone a reason to believe.

Take the time to minister to people where you find them. Listen. Learn about them. Offer them genuine encouragement. Share the love of God.

Share what God has done for you. This is where the power is–where faith germinates, is watered & grows.

Everything that God does for you is not only for you, but for those who are destined to cross your path. It’s not selfish to ask God to heal you. Your healing will be the testimony God uses to draw others close to Him in faith.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.  We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

The Lord wants to bless you and make you a blessing. Let God bless you! Our merciful, generous Father is glorified when His goodness is seen in the lives of His people. That’s why the enemy works so hard to try to stop the blessings of God from flowing in our lives.

But he can’t, so don’t let him:

“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38

Be real and let God be God to you & through you.

Blessings!

Pray for one another

Your Witness for Jesus

Is your life proclaiming Christ, or profaning Christ.

Think about that a moment. We are the only Jesus most people see. Like it or not, the behavior we display to the world is what gives people of the world their impression of God.

Are we ambassadors for Christ, or are we bringing shame upon the Gospel with our words & deeds?

To proclaim is to announce, declare, profess:

pro·claim
prəˈklām,prōˈklām/
verb
 announce officially or publicly.
  1. “the joint manifesto proclaimed that imperialism would be the coalition’s chief objective”
    • declare something one considers important with due emphasis.
      “she proclaimed that what I had said was untrue”
    • declare officially or publicly to be.
      “he proclaimed James II as King of England”

     

To profane something is to treat it with disrespect; to treat something holy as common:

pro·fane
prəˈfān/
verb
1. treat (something sacred) with irreverence or disrespect.
“it was a serious matter to profane a tomb”
synonyms: desecrateviolatedefile, treat sacrilegiously “invaders profaned our sacred temples”

Before Jesus went to the cross, He spent time with His disciples. On His last night, Jesus informed them of things that were about to take place, and to let them know that He was going to His Father’s (God) house, to prepare a place for them (and us). Jesus then said, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” ~ John 14: 4

Thomas quickly spoke up and said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”. Jesus responded, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” To which Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

When we study the Gospels and the epistles, everything we read in relation to Christ is exactly how God would respond, because Jesus only did what His Father showed Him, and in the same way His Father would do it. Paul went on to write:

Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God...” Colossians 1:15 – 17

All of us who declare ourselves as “Christian” should be concerned about our witness for Christ. And the thing is, we can’t do or be a godly representative without the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. Our part is to yield to the Holy Spirit’s work in our life. To be teachable and willing to repent and change course when we find out our way of doing things is not God’s way. To not run from God’s loving conviction and correction, but to humbly say, “You are right Father. The way I acted is not how Jesus would act (or speak, think, believe…etc). Please forgive me.”

The more we go on in this way the more clearly we will reflect the glory of God’s presence in our lives, so that the people around us will say, “I believe there is a God in heaven because I see Him in you.”

Blessings and have a wonderful day!

Live In Such A way