THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 7-20-14

LESSON TITLE: “DO UNTO OTHERS!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

HERE WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN ON ANOTHER FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK - OUR LORD’S DAY! I AM SO GLAD YOU HAVE DECIDED TO JOIN US TODAY FOR ANOTHER TIME OF SERVICE TO OUR GOD. HOW BLESSED WE ARE THIS MORNING TO AGAIN COME BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD AND PARTICIPATE IN ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH LAUD AND MAGNIFY HIS GREAT AND HOLY NAME. MY HOPE AND PRAYER IS THAT WE WILL EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WONDROUS AND PRECIOUS WILL. SO AS WE BEGIN THIS MORNING, LET’S START BY TALKING TO OUR CREATOR IN PRAYER, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME!

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE AND EVERY GREAT BLESSING. FOR WE KNOW ALL SPIRITUAL THINGS AND ALL PHYSICAL THINGS COME FROM YOU AND ARE ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST AND THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED ON THE CROSS. AND THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO FIND JUSTIFICATION THROUGH THAT BLOOD AND HOPE OF, NOT ONLY LIFE AND BLESSINGS TODAY, BUT HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE AS WELL. FATHER, IN THE AND PLEASE GIVE US THAT GREAT REWARD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE WITH YOU FOR ALL ETERNITY AND ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF THOSE WHO'VE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL AT THAT TIME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

YOU KNOW, THERE REALLY AREN’T TOO MANY THINGS TODAY THAT WE CAN REALLY TRUST IN OR PLACE OUR ASSURANCE IN! ESPECIALLY IN A WORLD WHICH IS SO SELF ABSORBED AND UNDEPENDABLE. HOWEVER, THE GREAT NEWS IS THAT WE DO HAVE A PLACE WE CAN TURN FOR COMPLETE ASSURANCE IN THIS LIFE AND THE ONE WHICH IS TO COME. SO, HOW DO WE RECEIVE SUCH A BLESSING FROM GOD? WE MUST FOLLOW THE HIS WAY! LET’S BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE THIS MORNING, WITH A HYMN THAT REMINDS US THAT WE NEED TO FIND OUR GUIDANCE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. THE NAME OF THE SONG, “SAVIOR LEAD ME!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

MANY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT OFTEN FORGOT WHO GOD TRULY WAS AND JUST HOW POWERFUL HIS WAS. IN FACT, WE SEE THAT NOT ONLY WERE THOSE OF THE WORLD GUILTY OF FORGETTING GOD, BUT ALSO THOSE WHO CLAIMED TO BE HIS SERVANTS! NOW BRING THESE THOUGHTS INTO THE PRESENT DAY. ARE NOT MANY OF US OFTEN GUILTY OF THE SAME TYPE OF DOUBT IN THE CREATOR? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU PRAYED AND ASKED GOD FOR HELP, BUT DEEP DOWN YOU REALLY DIDN’T FEEL HE HEARD YOU OR ANSWERED YOUR PRAYER? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD DIFFICULTY IN LIFE, AND AGAIN INSTEAD OF TURNING TO GOD FIRST, YOU TURNED TO OTHERS OR POSSIBLY EVEN TO THE WORLD. YOU SEE, AT TIMES WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF SHOWING THAT WE REALLY DON’T TRUST IN GOD, OR THAT WE REALLY DON’T HAVE COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN HIS PROMISES.

WELL, WITH THESE THINGS IN MIND, I WANT YOU TO GO TO GOD’S WORD WITH ME FOR A FEW MINUTES. BECAUSE THE FAITHFUL OF GOD AND SCRIPTURES GO FAR IN PROVING TO US THAT WE CAN COUNT ON GOD AND TRUST THAT HE CAN DO WHAT HE HAS PROMISED. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WE SEE THIS TO BE TRUE. NOTICE HOW GOD SAVED NOAH FROM THE FLOOD. WHAT ABOUT MOSES AND GOD’S CARE FOR THE ISRAELITES. OR HOW ABOUT DURING THE TIMES OF THE CONQUEST FOR CANAAN - GOD TRULY GAVE HIS PEOPLE THE PROMISED LAND. YES, OUR GOD IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DO WHAT HE SAYS AND TO BACK UP HIS PROMISES WITH REALITY.

IN JEREMIAH 32:27, GOD SAYS, “BEHOLD, I AM THE LORD, THE GOD OF ALL FLESH. IS THERE ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR ME?” DAVID ALSO HELPS US WITH THIS IDEA WHEN HE SAID, “BE EXALTED, O LORD, IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH! WE WILL SING AND PRAISE YOUR POWER,” PSALM 21:13. HERE WE ARE REFERRING TO OUR CREATOR, REDEEMER AND GIVER OF ALL - HOW CAN WE EVEN QUESTION THE POWER OF GOD.

THE NEW TESTAMENT GOES ON TO CONFIRM THAT THE SAME THINGS ARE TRUE. WHAT ABOUT THE WORDS OF JESUS IN MATTHEW 19:26, THERE HE SAID, “WITH MEN THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.” ALL THINGS ARE TRULY POSSIBLE WITH GOD. AGAIN IN ROMANS 1:20, PAUL REFERS TO GOD’S, “ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD.” YOU SEE, GOD’S WORD CONFIRMS THAT WE SERVE A GOD WHO IS REAL, AND POWERFUL ENOUGH TO GUIDE, GUARD AND DIRECT US. A GOD WHO IS ABLE TO CARE FOR, PROVIDE FOR, AND TO PROTECT THOSE WHOM HE LOVES! THE QUESTION IS, “DO YOU TRULY KNOW THE GOD YOU SERVE?” “DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF OUR CREATOR?”

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. AS FAR AS OUR SERIES, TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO TALK ABOUT, “EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD.” THE SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH THE STATEMENT, “DO UNTO OTHERS!” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, I WILL BE LEADING US IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN THAT SONG. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SEEKING THE LOST.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US TODAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO A SERIES THAT WE STARTED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO CONCERNING LOVE. AND WITHIN THIS SERIES WHAT WE HAVE TRIED TO SEE IS WHAT IS FOUND THERE IN 1 JOHN CHAPTER 4. THE FACT THAT WE, BEING THOSE WHO ARE BORN OF GOD, WE CERTAINLY DEMONSTRATE MANY OF THE CHARACTERISTICS WHICH GOD BEARS FORTH HIMSELF. AND THERE ARE MANY CHARACTERISTICS THAT ACTUALLY THE BOOK OF FIRST JOHN DEALS WITH. SUCH AS US BEING THE LIGHT AS HE IS THE LIGHT OR BEING RIGHTEOUS AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS. BUT

ALSO, ONE OF THOSE AREAS IS THE FACT THAT AS GOD IS LOVE WE MUST LOVE. AND THEN WHAT THE BOOK DEALS A LOT WITH IS THE INTERACTION OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST. THAT TRUE LOVE MEANS THAT WE ARE WILLING TO SHOW THAT LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER AS THOSE WHO ARE BRETHREN. AND SO TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE WITH OUR THOUGHTS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THESE THINGS BY LOOKING AT, REALLY AGAIN A FUNDAMENTAL TEACHING THAT IS BASED ON TRUE LOVE OR THE DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE AND THE LIFE OF ONE WHO LOVES GOD AND THEREFORE LOVES HIS FELLOW MAN. SPECIFICALLY, HERE THOSE BRETHREN WHO ARE IN THE CHURCH.

AND SO IF YOU WILL THINK WITH ME FOR JUST A MOMENT ABOUT WHAT IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE GOLDEN RULE. THE GOLDEN RULE IS FOUND IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW CHAPTER 7 AND IT IS ALSO FOUND THERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 6. IN BOTH OF THESE PARALLEL PASSAGES WE SEE THAT IT SAYS THAT WE ARE TO DO UNTO OTHERS AS BASICALLY WE WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO US. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT I'M GOING TO TREAT OTHERS IN A WAY THAT I WANT THEM TO RECIPROCATE OR TO TREAT ME IN. I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO OTHERS IN A WAY THAT I WANT THEM TO SPEAK TO ME. AND SO THE APPLICATION THEN IS THAT I AM GOING TO TREAT THEM IN SUCH A WAY OR I'M GOING TO ACT IN SUCH A WAY OR DO THINGS TOWARDS THEM, MAYBE IN A KIND WAY, SO THAT THEY WILL BE KIND IN RETURN. AND I'M GOING TO BE GENTLE, SO THAT THEY CAN BE GENTLE IN RETURN. YOU SEE THE IDEA?

ON THE OTHER HAND, WE COULD SAY THAT AN INDIVIDUAL MIGHT NOT SHOW KINDNESS. AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ARE MEAN OR WHEN WE ARE UGLY OR WHEN WE ARE RUDE TO OTHERS? WELL, USUALLY THAT'S THE REACTION THAT WE GET ISN'T IT? WHEN WE GO INTO A STORE AND WE ARE SHORT TEMPERED OR WE'RE UGLY WITH SOMEONE, AREN'T THEY USUALLY ALSO SHORT OR UGLY BACK WITH US? IN FACT, MANY TIMES WE'RE NOT ONLY GUILTY OF THAT BUT THOSE THAT WE ARE SPEAKING IN SUCH A WAY TO, OR DRAWN INTO MAYBE SAYING OR DOING THINGS THEY NORMALLY WOULDN'T DO BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE CAUGHT ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT AND THEY ARE TREATED IN SUCH A WAY THEY ALSO RETURN THAT SAME TYPE OF ACTION.

NOW, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU WON'T FIND THAT ODD INDIVIDUAL WHO REALLY, EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE UGLY TO THEM, THEY ARE STILL KIND. BUT USUALLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THAT WE'LL GO INTO THAT RESTAURANT AND WE'LL HAVE A WAITRESS WHO IS BEING REALLY SHORT OR NOT VERY KIND TO US AND THEN WHAT DO WE DO? WE RESPOND IN LIKENESS. WE ALSO BEGAN TO BE VERY SHORT, AND MAYBE VERY UNKIND, AND SOMETIMES EVEN BEGIN TO TALK WITH OTHERS ABOUT HOW THIS PERSON IS TREATING US. WELL, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE NEED TO DO UNTO OTHERS AS WE WOULD DO UNTO THEM AND THEREFORE THE TREAT THEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY ARE HOPEFULLY GOING TO TREAT US IN THE PROPER WAY AS WELL.

THERE ARE MANY LESSONS AROUND THIS PASSAGE. AND IN FACT, IF YOU WERE TO LOOK THERE IN MATTHEW 7 AND YOU'RE ALSO TO LOOK HERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 6, YOU'RE GOING TO NOTICE THAT THESE ARE PARALLEL PASSAGES WHICH ARE BASIC EXCERPTS FROM WHAT IS CALLED THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. HERE IN THE BOOK OF LUKE WE BASICALLY HAVE ONE CHAPTER, CHAPTER 6, AND NOT EVEN THE ENTIRE CHAPTER. THE LATTER PART OF THE CHAPTER THAT BASICALLY LUKE THE PHYSICIAN GIVES THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MANY OF THOSE SPECIFIC TEACHINGS THAT JESUS GAVE IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.

IF WE GO BACK TO MATTHEW'S ACCOUNT, WE FIND REALLY QUITE THE OPPOSITE. IT'S VERY DETAILED. IN FACT, IN MATTHEW WE BEGIN IN CHAPTER 5 AT THE VERY BEGINNING AND WE GO ALL THE WAY THROUGH CHAPTER 7. AND BY THE WAY, THEY ARE VERY LONG CHAPTERS THERE IN MATTHEW BUT THEY ARE DEALING WITH THESE IMPORTANT TEACHINGS THAT JESUS SET FORTH IN WHAT WE KNOW TO BE CALLED THE VERY FIRST GOSPEL SERMON IN HIS LIFE. ESPECIALLY, AS WE WOULD SAY, IN RELATIONSHIP TO REALLY PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS OF THOSE THINGS THAT WERE ABOUT TO TRANSPIRE,WHEN HE DIED AND WHEN HE ENACTED THE NEW COVENANT.

I ALSO THINK THAT'S QUITE INTERESTING BECAUSE IT TELLS US THAT AGAIN MATTHEW MOST LIKELY IS ONE WHO WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CALLED APOSTLES OR AS THEY ARE CALLED DISCIPLES ALSO IN THE TEXT, AND HE PROBABLY WAS THERE. A VERY DETAILED ACCOUNT IS WHAT HE GIVES. WHEREAS LUKE MIGHT HAVE POSSIBLY BEEN THERE OR MOST LIKELY RATHER THAN THAT HEARD LESSONS PERTAINING TO WHAT JESUS HAD SAID AT A LATER DATE. AS YOU MIGHT RECALL, LUKE WAS NOT ONE OF THE ORIGINAL APOSTLES OR WAS NOT AN APOSTLE OR ONE OF THOSE CHOSEN 12 DISCIPLES THAT JESUS ORIGINALLY CALLED.

NOW ALL THAT BEING SAID THEN, WE WANT TO LOOK SPECIFICALLY FIRST OF ALL AT LUKE'S ACCOUNT IN CHAPTER 6 AND THEN BECAUSE IT'S MORE DETAILED WE WILL GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE ACCOUNT IN MATTHEW'S BOOK. AND AGAIN, THE REASON WE LOOK AT LUKE'S FIRST IS BECAUSE IT IS SO SHORT, AND NOT AS DETAILED, AND IT'S REALLY COMPACT IN A FEW THE THINGS THAT HE SAYS. SO LOOK WITH ME THERE, FOR INSTANCE IN VERSE 31. THAT'S THE KEY VERSE FIRST OF ALL. A VERY SHORT VERSE, “AND JUST AS YOU WANT MEN TO DO TO YOU, YOU ALSO DO TO THEM LIKEWISE.” BUT NOW, WHAT WAS HE TALKING ABOUT? WELL, WITHIN THIS CONTEXT, IF YOU'LL BACK UP EARLIER, HE'S TALKING ABOUT LOVING YOUR ENEMIES. WELL, IF WE LOOK AT MATTHEW'S ACCOUNT, IT'S IN CHAPTER 7 THAT WE SEE IN VERSE 12 THAT HE SAYS, “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU,” THAT IDEA. BUT IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK EARLIER IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. IN CHAPTER 5 OF MATTHEW AND VERSE 44 THAT HE ACTUALLY DEALS WITH LOVING YOUR ENEMIES.

SO HERE DO YOU NOTICE HOW COMPACT THIS IS? WITHIN JUST ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE VERSUS WE ALREADY HAVE SPECIFIC LESSONS THAT ACTUALLY ARE CHAPTERS APART WITHIN MATTHEW'S ACCOUNT. BUT HE DOES TALK ABOUT LOVING THERE AGAIN ALL MEN, NOT JUST THOSE THAT THE WORLD LOVE. NOT JUST FAMILY. NOT JUST INDIVIDUALS WHO LIKE YOU FIRST. BUT LOVING EVEN YOUR ENEMIES. EVEN THOSE, WHO HE SAYS HERE, DO EVIL OR WICKED THINGS AGAINST YOU.

BUT THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE THAT I THINK IS SIGNIFICANT HERE THAT ALSO MATTHEW BRINGS OUT THAT REALLY PROVES THE POINT OR GIVES US THE IDEA AND THAT IS FOUND THERE IN VERSE 29. BECAUSE HERE IT SAYS TO HIM WHO STRIKES YOU ON ONE CHEEK, OFFER THE OTHER ALSO. AND FROM HIM WHO TAKES AWAY YOUR CLOAK, DO NOT WITHHOLD THE TUNIC EITHER. WELL, HE SAYS CLEARLY THAT IF SOMEONE STRIKES YOU - IF SOMEONE COMES AND HITS YOU, WHAT IS THE NORMAL REACTION? WELL, YOU'RE READY FOR A FIGHT. YOU'RE GOING TO HIT THEM BACK. THAT'S NOT DOING UNTO OTHERS. HE SAYS RATHER YOU SHOULD TURN THE OTHER CHEEK AND ALLOW THEM TO STRIKE YOU AGAIN TO SHOW THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO REACT TO WHAT THEY ARE DOING. HOPEFULLY, IN THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T REACT AND THAT YOU DON'T STRIKE BACK, IT'S NOT GOING TO CONTINUE BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GO UP AND YOU HIT SOMEBODY AND THEY HIT YOU BACK? YOU'RE GOING TO HIT 'EM AGAIN AND THEY'RE GONNA HIT YOU AGAIN AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOUR GONNA BE IN A SCUFFLE AND YOU'RE GONNA BE ON THE GROUND ROLLING AROUND BEATING ON EACH OTHER. WELL, BUT IF YOU HIT SOMEBODY AND THEY'RE NOT STRIKING BACK AND EVEN IF YOU HIT 'EM AGAIN, I THINK PRETTY QUICKLY YOU'RE EITHER GOING TO FEEL LIKE THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG HERE NOT GOING ON OR HOW CAN YOU HIT SOMEBODY WHO'S NOT GOING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN A FIGHT? AND SO WHEN WE BEGIN TO SEE THAT, OBVIOUSLY WE SEE THE LESSON THAT HE WAS LEADING TO IN VERSE 31.

NO MATTER WHAT IT BE - YOU'RE GOING TO DO YOUR VERY BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU TREAT OTHERS IN A WAY THAT THEY WANT TO BE TREATED. SO, IF MY BROTHER NEEDS IT SAYS HERE A CLOAK, I SHOULD GIVE HIM MORE THAN JUST A CLOAK. SEE WHAT OTHER NEEDS, EVEN IF IT BE A TUNIC OR A HAT - A HEAD COVERING. IF YOU NOTICE IN VERSE 30 HE ALSO SAYS IF HE NEEDS GOODS. IF HE NEEDS TO BORROW SOMETHING FROM YOU AND REALLY YOU KNOW THAT HE HAS A NEED FOR THAT ITEM. MAYBE IT'S A TOOL OR SOMETHING THAT HE USES IN HIS TRADE BUT HE CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY ANOTHER ONE. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? GIVE HIM THAT THING IT ALSO SAYS THERE IN VERSE 30. DON'T ASK FOR IT BACK IF YOU KNOW THAT IT IS SOMETHING THAT HE REALLY NEEDS. IN OTHER WORDS, HE NEEDS TO BORROW YOUR AXE BECAUSE HE NEEDS FIREWOOD BECAUSE IT'S WINTER AND IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO CHOP THE FIREWOOD HE NEEDS AN AXE IN ORDER TO KEEP HIS FAMILY WARM. BUT YOU'RE GONNA TAKE YOUR AXE BACK THE NEXT DAY WHEN REALLY YOU KNOW THAT HE HAS A NEED FOR THAT AXE? WELL YOU SEE, DOING UNTO OTHERS.

WELL, YOU KNOW WHEN I LOOK AT THE OVERALL PICTURE, WHAT I BEGIN TO COMPREHEND IS THIS IDEA THAT REALLY DOING UNTO OTHERS, AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU, IS ALL ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE PLACE OF SOMEONE ELSE. IN THE SHOES OF OTHERS. YOU KNOW, IN MY LIFE THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHERE I FELT LIKE MAYBE I WAS ABLE TO SHARE IN THE DIFFICULTIES THAT SOMEONE ALSO HAS GONE THROUGH OR MAYBE HAVE COMPASSION WAS SOMEONE WHO WAS MAYBE SICK OR SUFFERING WITH DEATH. I FELT LIKE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAYBE SHOW THEM THAT LOVE THAT I NEED TO. HOWEVER, I'VE LEARNED IN MY LIFE THAT AFTER I'VE ALSO EXPERIENCED SOME THOSE THINGS, THAT IT MAKES ME SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS MORE WHERE SOMEONE IS. HAVING BEEN IN THOSE SHOES, IT MAKES ME WANT TO GO EVEN FURTHER TO PRESENT MYSELF AS I SHOULD BEFORE GOD.

FOR INSTANCE, I KNOW WHEN I'VE HAD FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE HAD CANCER BEFORE, NOW THAT I MYSELF HAVE EXPERIENCED AND BEEN WITH SOMEONE WHOM I LOVE DEARLY WHO HAS DEALT WITH SUCH, IT GIVES ME THE ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND NOW MORE WHAT OTHER HUSBANDS OR WIVES ARE GOING THROUGH IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS. SO, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PLACE MYSELF IN THE SHOES OF SOMEONE ELSE. IF I HAD A FAMILY AND DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEM, WHAT WOULD I WANT OTHERS TO DO TO HELP ME OR IF I HAD A NEED FOR CLOTHING OR CLOTHING FOR MY CHILDREN, WHAT WOULD I WANT OTHERS TO DO? WELL, I WOULD WANT THEM TO HELP. AND SO WHAT SHOULD I DO? I SHOULD BE WILLING TO HELP OTHERS IN EVERY WAY I CAN KNOWING THAT OFTEN THE DAY COMES THAT I NEED THE HELP. SO THAT WHEN TIME COMES, THEY'LL BE WILLING TO RECIPROCATE THOSE TYPES OF NEEDS.

NOW LET'S GO TO MATTHEW'S ACCOUNT FOR A MOMENT BECAUSE THERE WITHIN THIS ACCOUNT WE DO SEE SEVERAL OTHER GREAT ENCOURAGEMENTS INCLUDING WHAT WE'VE ALREADY SEEN FROM THE BOOK OF LUKE THAT ARE ACTUALLY AGAIN ARE A LITTLE MORE DEEPLY DEALT WITH HERE. BUT SPECIFICALLY I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME, FOR INSTANCE IN CHAPTER 7, WHERE HE STARTS IN VERSE ONE. HE TALKS ABOUT JUDGING. HE SAYS JUDGE NOT THAT YOU BE NOT JUDGED. HE'S TELLING THEM THERE DON'T MAKE YOURSELF THE JUDGE AND THE JURY. IT'S GOD WHO'S THE JUDGE. GOD'S WORD CAN JUDGE BUT I'M NOT THE JUDGE. AND SO THEREFORE TREAT SOMEONE ELSE AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. DO YOU LIKE JUDGMENTAL PEOPLE? DO YOU LIKE PEOPLE THAT ARE ALWAYS TELLING YOU THAT YOU'RE WRONG OR ALWAYS TRYING TO CORRECT YOU? CERTAINLY, MOST OF US DO NOT SO WHY WOULD WE WANT TO BE LIKE THAT? TREAT OTHERS AS WE WANT TO BE TREATED. DON'T GET ME WRONG. SOMETIMES WE NEED TO SAY THINGS IN A LOVING WAY AND SOMETIMES WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO HELP THEM TO CORRECT THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO CORRECT IN THEIR LIVES. BUT, THE POINT IS HERE THAT ARE WE THE JUDGE AND JURY? DO WE ACT LIKE GOD IN THESE MATTERS? WELL CERTAINLY WE ARE NOT.

AND SO WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF DOING UNTO OTHERS, IT SAYS SHOW THAT COMPASSION, SHOW THAT LOVE. AND THEN HE EVEN GOES SO FAR IN VERSES 3 AND 5, OR 3-5 TO SAY, AND DON'T BE A HYPOCRITE BECAUSE MANY TIMES WE'VE GOT A LOG IN OUR OWN EYES AND WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT THAT SPECK IN OUR BROTHER'S EYE. WELL AGAIN, DO UNTO OTHERS. IF YOU HAD A BIG PROBLEM IN YOUR LIFE AND A BROTHER SAW THAT, WOULD DO WANT HIM TO COME AND HELP YOU OR NOT? OR IF YOU SAW THAT YOUR BROTHER HAD A BIG PROBLEM IN HIS LIFE AND YOU HAD A SMALL PROBLEM AND HE'S ALWAYS JUST HARPING ON YOUR PROBLEMS RATHER THAN DEALING WITH HIS OWN. DO YOU WANT THAT? NO, SO ALWAYS PUT YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF ANOTHER. ALWAYS LOOK AT IT FROM ANOTHER SIDE. ANOTHER STANDPOINT. IF WE COULD ONLY LEARN TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND MAKE SURE THAT WHAT WE ARE DOING IS RIGHT BEFORE GOD AND IS GOOD OR KIND OR GENTLE TOWARD OUR FELLOW MAN SO THAT THEY MIGHT AGAIN IN TURN DO WHAT? RECIPROCATE THE SAME.

NOW THERE ARE SEVERAL STORIES IN THE BIBLE THAT JUMP OUT TO ME AS MAYBE WHAT WE WOULD SAY GOOD LESSONS IN DOING UNTO OTHERS. ONE IS ALL THE WAY BACK IN GENESIS 13. YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT ABRAHAM THERE SAID TO LOT, LOOK, WE'VE GOT TOO MUCH. YOU'VE GOT TOO MANY BLESSINGS FROM GOD AND I DO AND THE LAND WON'T SUPPORT IT. SO YOU CHOOSE WHICH WAYS YOU WANT TO GO AND I'LL GO THE OTHER. BUT HOW MANY OF US ARE GOING TO SAY WELL, YOU CHOOSE THE CAR YOU WANT, AND YOU CHOOSE THE HOUSE YOU WANT, AND YOU CHOOSE TO LAND YOU WANT, AND THEN I'LL JUST TAKE WHATEVER IS LEFT. WELL, ABRAHAM WAS WILLING TO DO THAT. YOU SAY: RAY, THAT WAS HIS FAMILY. WELL IT WAS HIS NEPHEW AND IT WAS A FAMILY MEMBER BUT HE STILL WAS WILLING TO PUT THE NEEDS OF SOMEONE ELSE BEFORE HIS OWN.

WELL, IF YOU'RE STILL NOT REALLY MAYBE GRABBING HOLD OF THAT ONE BECAUSE IT'S FAMILY, I WANT YOU TO THINK WITH ME THE STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN. ONCE AGAIN THERE IN THE BOOK OF LUKE, CHAPTER 10 BEGINNING IN VERSE 25, JESUS TELLS A BEAUTIFUL STORY ABOUT A MAN WHO WAS ABLE TO PUT HIMSELF IN THE SHOES OF SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAD BEEN BEATEN AND ROBBED AND LEFT FOR DEAD. WHY DO YOU THINK THE GOOD SAMARITAN HELPED? WELL, YES HE WAS COMPASSIONATE. HE WAS KIND. HE LOVED AND HE WANTED TO DO THE WILL OF GOD BUT DON'T YOU ALSO THINK THAT HE WANTED TO BE TREATED THE SAME WAY, THAT IF I EVER GOT DOWN AND WAS BEATEN AND ROBBED, I WOULD HOPE THAT SOMEBODY WOULD HELP ME THIS WAY. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT THAT? HAVE YOU EVER SAID THAT TO SOMEONE ELSE? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMEONE ELSE SAY THAT?

OH, THE BEAUTIFUL LESSON OF LEARNING TO TREAT OTHERS IN A WAY THAT WE WANT TO BE TREATED SO THAT WE CAN MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND SO THAT WE CAN MAKE THE LORD'S CHURCH A BETTER PLACE. BECAUSE WHEN WE DO WHAT'S RIGHT - IT'S CONTAGIOUS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THAT I'M WILLING TO BE KIND AND GENTLE AND GOOD NO MATTER WHAT COMES AND THEY'RE ABLE TO RESPOND IN THE SAME WAY. OR THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO BE KIND AND GOOD NO MATTER WHAT COMES AND I'M ABLE TO RESPOND, OH HOW WONDERFUL THE CHURCH WORKS AND HOW BEAUTIFUL WE ARE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AS THOSE WHO ARE BORN OF GOD, CHILDREN OF GOD, AND RECIPIENTS OF THAT GREAT REWARD WHICH AWAITS ALL THE FAITHFUL IN THE END OF ALL THINGS.

CLOSING COMMENTS

MAY I AGAIN TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND THUS A BLESSING TO US ALL. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE INVITED BACK TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE A GOD WHO TREATS US SO WELL, ALTHOUGH WE DON’T DESERVE IT! THE QUESTION IS, “DO WE TREAT OTHERS AS GOD COMMANDS US TO?” WHY NOT FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE TODAY AND TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED!