A Walk In The Word Archives

How Do You Treat People

The Bible gives a very basic, yet sweeping guidline about how we should treat other people:

Matthew 7:12, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

It’s a really simple thought.  If everyone were to think about the things that they do to others and ask themselves if they’d want somebody to do that same thing to them… and then NOT do those things that we wouldn’t want somebody to do to us… The world would be a lot happier place.

Think about it, just in the last week, have you done things to others that you wouldn’t want them to do to you?

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Adam’s Mistakes

Do you know what Adam’s big mistake was?  Take a look at the first seven verses or so of Genesis chapter 3 and if you pay attention you’ll notice that when Eve gave him the forbidden fruit it’s very clear that Adam was with her the whole time that the serpent was talking to her.

She may have been decieved by the serpent, but no such thing is said about him.  Adam’s first mistake was in not stopping her and reminding her what God had said about it.  His second was in taking the fruit when she gave it to him.  As soon as the serpent contradicted what God had said they should both have stopped listening to it.

It’s one thing to be decieved, it’s another thing to know the truth and make the wrong choice anway.  How many times do we know the right thing to do and end up choosing not to do it?

Adam’s choice was more than failing God, he also failed his wife.  Had he simply spoken up at the right moment he could have made quite a difference.

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Light

I wonder how many people have notice this little detail about the creation story and how many of them have thought about the significance of it.

In Genesis 1, if you pay careful attention to the order of events described, you’ll see that God created light a full three days BEFORE He created the sun, moon and stars.

Looking up the translations in the Strongs, you’ll see that the phrase translated “Let there be light” in the King James, would be more accurately rendered “Light Be”.

The more important part of this however is why was light created before the sun, moon and stars? When you look in Revelation you see the answer in the fact that in Heaven, there is to be no need for light from the sun, instead God Himself is to be the light by which we will see.  Just as His word is the light by which we are to see now in this life.

The sun is a source of light, but there are things it cannot illuminate and so we have darkness.  In the light of God’s word we can see clearly.

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What Does Anger Cost?

Have you ever stopped to think about the things you think about when
you’re angry with someone? If you’re honest, you’ll have to admit that
one of the things that we all tend to want is to "get revenge" against
the one we’re mad at. We humans are a pretty reactionary bunch and when
we’re hurt by or upset about something one of the first things we think
about doing is lashing out in anger.. We often feel the need to "get
even" with someone by finding a way to make them suffer like we feel
they made us suffer.

The problem is that this is a destructive behavior. It starts a vicious
circle where people just get angrier and angrier, getting revenge
against each other until finally something goes too far. Even if this
doesn’t result in people getting physically hurt or killed (and it often
does, just watch the news.), it ends up breaking friendships, family’s,
hearts and even spirits.

Does this mean then that God doesn’t want us to get angry? No, in
Ephesians 4:26, the Bible says "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the
sun go down upon your wrath
:". This means that there are times we have
every right to be angry about something, but we need to use some self
control and not let that anger start destroying things and people.

"But that so-and-so hurt me, stole from me, hurt someone I love, who’s
going to make them pay?"

God will always see to it that everyone gets what they have coming to
them.

Romans 12:19, "Be Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give
place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay,
saith the Lord.
"

For some that will mean forgiveness as they repent and turn to Him. For
others it means that the consequences of their actions will catch up
with them in this life, sending them to prison, costing them their
health and many more will face eternal condemnation at the judgment God
doesn’t want us to damage ourselves and make things worse by feeding the
cycle of destruction.

"Hate Thy Neighbor"
and "Forgive That
One? You’re Joking!
" are articles that look further into hatred and
forgiveness and how God wants us to deal with them.

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Live By The Rules.

I’ve heard that phrase and others like it most of my life. The idea is
that if you obey all of the "rules", then you’re officially a "Good
Person". But there is more to living by the rules than first meets the
eye.

Yes, there are rules in this life that we should all live by, the Ten
Commandments, The "laws of Moses". If you read through the first five
books of the Bible, you’ll find that there over 600 laws handed down to
Moses that covered every situation. In order to be blameless before God
you had to keep all of them all the time. The problem is that keeping
all those laws was a full time job. You couldn’t forget to pay attention
to something or take care of some detail.

Why did God give all those laws? Because His standard is one of absolute
perfection. Nothing and no person that is not 100% perfect in every way
is acceptable to God in the least little bit. He gave us the law to show
us that on our own none of us are capable of living to His standard.

Romans 3:20, "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."

How can we be acceptable to God if the law won’t do the trick? Faith.
Faith in God’s ability and willingness to give us a way to be
acceptable. Faith in Jesus who DID live a sinless life and was offered
in our place, paying the penalty that the law would require of us.

Galatians 3:11, "But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of
God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith."

Why? Because God
Loves us
:

Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

And wants all of us to escape the penalty of our sins

2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

He’s waiting for everyone who will to come to Him. Isn’t it time you
stopped trying to "be good enough" and accept this gift? A good article
that further explores God’s concern for us is "Does
God Care?
". It’s well worth the reading.

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