Devotional For The Week Of 11/13/17- Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated

(Luke 6:31- Treat others as you want them to treat you.) Society says do unto others as they do to you but the Bible says treat others the way you want to be treated, that’s walking in love. When people do you dirty your last thought is to be nice to them but as God molds you in His image you start to see why love is so important in this Christian walk. Love is the foundation of the Christian life. Without love none of us would be saved. (John 3:16- For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.) We didn’t deserve what God did for us, we aren’t saved by our works, but by God’s love. If our salvation depended on how much of a good person we were none of us would be saved. This is why the “I believe good people go to heaven” theory is false because it doesn’t matter how good we think we are, God judges our hearts and motives. (Ephesians 2:8-9- Because of His kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. It is God Himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.) (1 John 4:9-10-God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into this wicked world to bring to us eternal life through his death. In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but His love for us when He sent His Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins.) The next time someone does you wrong just think about how many times we’ve done God wrong and how He continues to love us. If God treated us like we treat Him we’d all be upset. I’m not saying that you have to tolerate the mean things that people do, I’m saying that you don’t have to act out on anger or try to get revenge. (Romans 12:19- Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for He has said that He will repay those who deserve it. Don’t take the law into your own hands.) The Bible says to let love be our greatest aim. (1 Peter 4:8- Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults.) Walking in love means that we forgive those who have wronged us. If God forgave us of our sins then who are we to not forgive someone else. (Matthew 18:21-22- Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Sir, how often should I forgive a brother who sins against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!) (Matthew 6:14-15- Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, He will not forgive you.) As Christians we walk in love and that means treating others the way they want to be treated and forgiving people just like God forgave us.