Category Archives: Golden Rule

Doing Good, the Master’s Way


In the third chapter of the Gospel according to Mark, we find an interesting discourse regarding the practice of doing good.

Then he went back in the meeting place where he found a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. He said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand here where we can see you.”

Then he spoke to the people: “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” No one said a word. He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new! The Pharisees got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with Herod’s followers and ruin him. (‭Mark‬ ‭3‬:‭1-6‬ MSG)

We fall into rules and regulations that are man-made, not God- made. Staying close to Jesus and His word helps us avoid this hypocrisy! Remember Romans eight? There is no condemnation to those who walk, not according to the flesh (man made rules, self righteous actions, etc.), but walk according to the Spirit, (following Christ’s example of bearing the burdens of others).

Prayer: Jesus, help me to keep the goal in view…Caring for others in the fashion that You care for us.

Grace and Forgiveness…


I am saddened by the recent events surrounding the L A Clippers basketball team and its owner.  Everyone knows that his basic heart attitude is wrong, except perhaps those who share his views. 

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If his heart attitude is wrong and unloving, does that make it all right to demonstrate dislike and reflect it back to him?  Like a twisted corollary to the Golden Rule?  Or are we to love one another without exception (per I John 4:7-8).  I know it is hard to love such an unlovely, hateful person, but God gave us the gift of The Holy Spirit to help with these hard tasks.
Love leads us to forgiveness.  How can we expect to be forgiven, if we withhold forgiveness from those who wrong us?
Let us be temperate in our criticisms, so that God can move on the hearts of those following the Evil One.  If we speak evil to others, we do not represent Christ.
Is the grace of God sufficient to forgive sin of this magnitude?  Can God change hearts and attitudes?  (Can God change you…and I…)
Why not determine today to take the higher road of forgiveness, rather than piling on indignation?  Who are we to judge?

The Very Nature of Kindness…


Galatians 5:22 NKJV

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Kindness is a virtue that is misunderstood.  It should be of the heart and not just well-intentioned action. 
If we love one another to the point where we demonstrate kindness, without thinking, without any conscious intention, then we are of the same nature as Christ!  He loved us so much, He gave His life for us…freely!
The kindness that we have simply does not measure up.