Posted by: thomasdodds | October 27, 2010

Application of the Fighter Verse for October 30/31

Track 27 in Songs Set E –Matthew 7:9-12 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Golden Rule.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus is pointing out here that all of the Bible points toward loving God and loving others.  (Matthew 22:37-40)

He even points out that even in fallen, sinful people, the conscience that is imparted to us by God knows how to give good gifts.

However, what is a good gift from God is one that is perfect for us.  (James 1:1)  God gives us His holy spirit to help us. (Luke 11:13)

So…there is that transition word again…So, Jesus sums up the Law and the Prophets by pointing us to love our neighbors.  As you wish others would do to you, do also to them.

It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we will truly love others.

How will you love others today?

Practical suggestions this week:

– Pray through this verse reflecting on God’s kindness to you, ask Him for help in loving others and seeing what they would wish you would do to them.

– Reflect upon your heart’s feelings for those you encounter.  Is it loving?  Confess to the Lord where you fall short and ask Him to give you the Holy Spirit to love like Him.

– Plan ahead to “give good gifts” today.  Give as the Lord gives to us.  Plan to speak a word of encouragement, or show a kindness to someone today that reflects the love of God.

How will you use this bible memory verse in your life this week? with your spouse? your children? your family? your neighbors?

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