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Morning Coffee with Jesus - January 20, 2010
Greetings loved ones!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Matthew 7:12. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
As most of you know, I have a background in Human Resources. After spending about 25 years in the industry I can honestly tell you that, unfortunately, I have seen and experienced some of the worst treatment of employees by managers who had no right being in the “people” business.
This passage of scripture, taken from the Sermon on the Mount, is God’s instructions to us regarding the practical love that all believers are to possess. That love manifests itself in the way in which we treat others.
God calls us to be indiscriminate in our equity and our fairness to all men including those who have hurt us, those who have wounded us, those who are enemies, and those who we do not know. We are instructed to watch out for others; the widow, the orphan, those who cannot take care of themselves. It’s not just a nice thing to do, it’s God’s command! Therefore, if we are to obey God’s command we need to be vigilant regarding how we treat others.
While many people spend time thinking about how they are wronged, how they are mistreated and how their interests have not been met, God reminds us to take the focus off ourselves and put that emphasis on how we deal with others. A good way to do that is through prayer.
Prayer is not a laundry list of “I need” statements. It is a conversation with God focused on an individual’s situation, an illness, a basic need. Next time you pray, think of how many “I need” or “I want” statements are included in your prayers. Change those “I’s” to “I’m asking on behalf of…” and watch what happens! But, also remember, if we are treating everyone equally we need to be praying for our enemies and those who have hurt us in the past. Difficult?? Without a doubt. But it is what God calls us to do.
As you head out the door today remember this devotional. Remember it when the person cuts you off on the highway, or the woman cuts in front of you at the grocery checkout lane. Loving others is not an option, it’s a command!
Have a totally awesome day in Jesus. Go MAD in someone’s life today.