LGD 147: The Golden Rule

Ripples in water

Thanksgiving is behind us, but the principles of giving and doing good for others is something we can experience year-round.

Ripples in water
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Our year has been filled with gut punches one after another. We hear daily the attacks on people, their lives, and all things others should be doing.

The question is, are we doing good for others?

Let’s stop for second and think about that question.

Jesus loved talking in parables. Parables helped convey the new covenant principles, the past law, and what each of us could do to make a difference.

Most of us are familiar with the golden rule, as it is called. Jesus says,

“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.”

Matthew 7:12

In our crazy, busy world each of us could use a little pick me up. When the world is yelling at us, choosing to not yell back is different.

Andy Stanley says, “Do for one what you wish you could do for many.” You may want to help save a country, but you need to start by helping one person.

Just like when you skip a rock across a lake creates ripples, helping one person ripples to help many.

You may never know what helping one person could do for them, do for you, and do for the world.

Today, take a moment to give someone a kind word or a text – it might just give them the boost they need.

Who knows, someone may say something to you!

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the simple reminder of the golden rule. Help us to spread good words, love and grace to those we encounter in our daily lives. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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