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How Do You Treat Others?

 

I’m sure that if I asked any of you if our actions really matter, you would say “yes,” but how much do they matter? Do our thoughts and speech matter?

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” – Matthew 18:18

[*Note: The above verse has been taken out of context. The context of the verse actually has to do with the sin of believers and forgiveness.]

I read that verse as part of my devotions the other day and God spoke something convicting to my heart. It wasn’t bad, but it was challenging. The specific words that God drew my attention to, “whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven,” immediately made me think of the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When I was growing up, my mom drilled that saying into my head when I was being mean to my sisters. The Golden Rule is biblical–I didn’t know that when I was younger, but you can find it in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31.

So God asked me, “Are you loosing upon others what you would like me to loose upon you?” Can I just tell you that is a seriously challenging question to be asked by anyone, but especially by God. What do we want God to loose upon us? We want God to loose blessing, kindness, patience, forgiveness, understanding, and love upon us. Do we loose these things upon others?

If I’m very honest with myself, I have to say that I don’t always release these things to others. I loose impatience, unforgiveness, frustration, etc., upon many people. Those aren’t the kind of things that I want God to loose upon me. This isn’t just about the way that we act, but the way that we talk and what we think as well.

The Bible says:

“In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but every bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, not can a bad tree bear good fruit” – Matthew 7:17-18.

What kind of fruit do you bear? What kind of fruit would you like to bear more of?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. – Galatians 5:22-26

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12 Comments

  1. Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 20:38

    This is an amazin article Jenn! 🙂 it seems that God has been tuggin on my heart about this recently, I just wadnt payin attention to it till now. Thanks so much! 🙂 the Lord sent me this article ta help me on my walk with Him 🙂

  2. Posted by on November 11, 2011 at 14:17

    hmmm. so I have a teacher that I really do not like- she is not good at teaching and yells and complains for no reason. Last week she yelled at me for something I did not do and I went to the bathroom and cried- I am so frustrated. WOuld it be considered “unforgiving” to switch out of her class?

    • Posted by on November 15, 2011 at 11:52

      No it would not be considered “unforgiving”. Part of forgiving is also setting healthy boundaries for yourself. If this teacher is continually hurting your feelings or blaming you for things that are not your fault then it would be healthy for you to switch out of her class if possible.

      Forgiving her means that you release her to God for Him to deal with. 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by americangirl on November 7, 2011 at 19:47

    Perfect article for me to see today. I always try to follow that verse, but we all have our occasional slip ups. Thanks!

  4. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 7, 2011 at 18:37

    We studied forgiveness in Sunday School.Now,I’m reading it on here. I honestly think God wants me to forgive someone. Thanks for allwoing God to use you. This really helped me.

  5. Posted by on November 7, 2011 at 18:06

    It’s so hard to be a good Christian these days…

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sami on November 7, 2011 at 14:50

    Man, thanks for a very as Nicole said “eye opening” article that really made me look at the way I have been living and change the way I treat others! Thank you!!

  7. Emily H.

    Posted by Emily H. on November 7, 2011 at 14:28

    Great article! I need to remember this, and do it more often.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by RachelMarie on November 7, 2011 at 13:55

    wow definitely a convicting but inspiring article! something we all need to have our eyes opened to… thanks Jenn! 🙂

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by missmichaelab on November 7, 2011 at 12:55

    Great article! I really have to work on patience, I tend to take out my frustration on my siblings when I’m stressed, and it’s awful. I need to pray that I will get better at this!

  10. Posted by Nicole on November 7, 2011 at 12:23

    Thank you for this eye opening article Jenn! I need to remember this so I can forgive others who have hurt me. I will be praying about this!

    • Posted by on November 7, 2011 at 13:41

      I once had a lot of hurt from other people so I know that forgiving can be difficult. I’m glad you enjoyed it Nicole 🙂