Day 19


Week 3 Day 5

April 2, 2021

            Today is day five. You all are making this girl feel very supported. O in our acrostic stands for OTHERS. Matthew 7:12 (NAS) “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century, that it was officially called “The Golden Rule.” There are golden rules for mathematics and other fields, this one is for ethics. John Calvin describes it like this, “Where our own advantage is concerned, there is not one of us who cannot explain minutely what ought to be done. Christ therefore shows that every man may be a rule of acting properly and justly towards his neighbors, if he does to others what he requires to be done to him.” Paul says in Galatians 5:14, “The whole law is fulfilled in one word: love your neighbor as yourself.” What does he mean by that we fulfill the Old Testament law by loving our neighbor? Does this mean we give others something that is not good for them? Picture this, Jesus saw your need all the way to the cross so you in turn could do the same for them.

            “The rule reminds us that we are peers to others who deserve comparable consideration. It is how we consider our impact on others.” In Matthew 7:11 it talks about you asking “Your Father in heaven” for good things. Do you think he will give them to you? Our interpretation what others need from us is what will impact them whether it’s positive or negative. Is your first instinct to treat them with what they need or what you think they need. I would say no, would you agree? Instead, self tends to weasel its way into that rule curbing our perception of heart of what others need in relationship. Often you don’t even know what you need how can you discern what someone else needs? Maybe they are angry and don’t know the peace Christ was chastised for can bring healing. The person could be afraid of everything and not know God’s perfect love casts out all our fear. Where the feelings of shame have overtaken them there is a Savior who made us worthy. For one who feels abandoned or rejected there is a Father who will never leave or forsake them. Sorrow may have them so deep in a pit of depression and they see no way out, Instead, they could be a receptacle of the Joy of the Spirit which can remove that spirit of heaviness.

            Are you free you can show them how? Can you see clearly to lead them the right way? Are your hands strong enough to hold them up, when the time comes? Is your heart open and not defensive so you can release God’s power without hesitating? Do you know what it feels like to be free and not a prisoner? Help them do the same. Do you believe God can do anything or do you hold back? Show them the hope of Jesus Christ which is the anchor for your soul. Is there power in the blood of Jesus shed for you? Show them it can make them an overcomer and make them whole with eternal life. Do you believe in the Resurrection? Charge them to live an abundant life. Have you the faith and resolve to be an overcomer? Lead them to be more than a conqueror over that which Satan has tried to assign death to their walk.

            Keep your heart motivations in check. If not kept in check, it will filter over what Jesus would give them. Many times, fear, greed, lust, selfishness, shame, anger, deceit, jealousy, etc. become our filter instead. At this point, our walls of defense that are up get thicker or new ones are built to keep the true Jesus in our heart from coming out. Matthew 5:44 says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” My last encouragement to you is this, treat others and love them no matter how hard or inconvenient it is for you. The price Jesus paid for it is greater than your perception of their heart. Satan is clever in making them seem like your enemy when they are not. The devil is the only enemy, no one else is. On the Easter Week calendar, last night was Maundy Thursday. In the Bible, it is the Night Jesus washes the disciple’s feet and then shares The Last Supper with them. After this, Jesus would be arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, betrayed by Judas for thirty pieces of silver. I share this because Jesus knew Judas would betray him, but still The Lord loved Judas’s and washed his feet and shared his last meal with him. Others may not have the greatest intent or motivation; you may discern that but the Love of Jesus should outweigh it all.

            Let’s prayLord I am so grateful you gave Your life for me on the Cross. Thank you for thinking of me, seeing me, loving me, and accepting me as Your own. You saw my sin which placed You there. Yet you did not see me as Your enemy, so I can love others by seeing them the way you see them. Help me to love others as I want to be loved. Show me where the walls are in my heart which can darken my depth perception of others. Thank You for always having time for me. Turn off my inconvenience. Switch on what is uncomfortable so others will feel comfort. Display others forward and myself to go back. Jesus You took my place, put me in theirs, so I am positioned to love my neighbor as myself. In Jesus name. Amen