Pastor's Corner

Hello Church Family!

Do Also to Them….

 

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 NKJV)  If you have been a Christian for any amount of time, surely you have heard of this verse.  This verse is probably one of the most quoted verses from the Bible, and rightfully so.  It is a verse that speaks a justifiable truth in that if you want to be treated well, then treat your fellow man well. It is a verse that can be quoted in the world and the world will say that it is a good way to live a life.  It sounds easy, but apparently it is not.

My mother was all of five foot nothing and 100 pounds (if that much).  My mother was a fulltime housewife and mother.  She never learned how to drive, worked in her yard and garden 6 days a week, hosted coffee cloches at our house twice a month (does anyone do that anymore?) and was always “prim and proper” in all that she said and did.  One thing she instilled in all her sons was “if you cannot say something nice, say nothing at all.”  That sure sounds a great deal like Matthew 7:12 in the Nelly Harst version. If my mother could see how the world treats their fellow man today, I am confident her heart would break.

How did the world become this way?  Why are we constantly looking for the bad in people and passing on that bad?  Can we take a step back and look for a reset button?  I believe we can, and it starts locally before we can act globally. We as a family of God can be the example set in Matthew 7 “…whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.”  All that it would take is a mindset that is based on scripture.  Philippians 4:8 teaches us “…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” If we truly had this scripture in our hearts and our minds BEFORE we open our mouths to utter a single word, we would be living out Matthew 7:12.

I do not know about you, but I have grown weary of a world gone mad.  A world that seems to prefer to bicker and back-bite over lifting up a person that is down or has made a mistake. So, the next time you find yourself wanting to say something negative about a person, let Philippians and Matthew come to mind.  It is nearly impossible to knock someone down when you are lifting them up instead! Try it today… you would make my mother proud!  Just a thought.

 

Bless someone today!

Pastor Paul