April 29, 2015

Luke 6_36

Luke 6:27-38

Growing up attending public school, we would start each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and then the teacher would say a prayer. No one had their feelings hurt, telling someone you were a Christian was as natural as saying you were a Kentucky University fan. My parents reminded me to live by the “Golden Rule.” Anytime you mistreated someone you could expect, as part of the discussion, to be asked, “Is that how you want to be treated?” My how times have changed.

Now the attitude is self-focused; “do unto others before they can do unto you” or “do unto others then split.” The idea behind these attitudes is to mistreat others then get away before they can retaliate. This attitude can be seen clearly by going to your favorite discount grocery store. Few, if any are patient, few consider the next person who comes after them and no one needs to remind us about today’s “parking spot” attitude.

The Beatitudes are filled with commands to love our neighbor. In today’s lesson from Luke Jesus is clear; we are to love and treat others the same way we, as children of God, want to be treated.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us this day to treat others with love and respect that you alone may be glorified. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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One Response to April 29, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Imagine, a world that would focus on the dynamics of a 3 letter word, JOY. A place that puts Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last. To be a humble servant. To learn and pray in quiet submission. Not desiring to be the one out in front, but allowing others to “have their day.” In other words, to be Christ-like.

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