You know I am reminded of the golden rule almost everyday of my life. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” my mind repeats to me, then something or someone responds to me in such a way that I want to react. I mean react. Then there is the flip side when other people treat me in a way that I know they would never want to be treated.
So what keeps me from reacting badly? Sometimes nothing! Ha! But fear of what the Lord hates that seems to help.
So here is the life story:
A man called a woman selfish because she wanted some form of affection from him. She had shown affection to her husband. He had sort of pushed her away. She was hurt. He was mad she was hurt so he reacted by calling her selfish. I think his reason was he was to tired or something (This made me laugh because usually it is the woman who is tired but whatever) but he was thinking of his self and how tired he was. Was rejecting your partner much better of a crime? “It takes one to know one” my granny always said. We are born selfish. It is our nature. The truth is that selfishness is a by-product of Adam and Eve’s choices. Which is more important sleep or being loving? I don’t know maybe it depends on the rest of the details but no matter who is right or wrong. God hates selfishness. (Luke 16:19-31)
The biblical application story:
Jesus mentions a rich man. This rich man had all sorts of luxuries. He was very selfish and thought only of himself. Lazarus was a begger with many sores on his body. The rich man had no compassion on him. He never paid any attention even though he could have done something to help him. The rich man broke the greatest commandment “to love your neighbor as your self”. They both died. Lazarus went to heaven and the rich man went to hell. He could have bought anything on earth but he couldn’t buy his way into heaven.
The point is we should love others always. Jesus even said if you can’t love others that you can see, you can’t love God whom you have not seen.
Maybe in this story the real wrong thing isn’t being selfish but rather the inability to communicate. Be kind to one another. (Ephesians 4:32)
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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