“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
We have all heard the saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” We oftentimes will use this principle when speaking with children or adolescents in regards to their actions. As a counselor, I see much unnecessary conflict because students are simply not abiding by this principle.
Jesus begins this passage with a strong heed for His disciples to be careful of judging others. “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own?” (verse 3)
Far too often, I will find myself “righteously” angry because of sin, especially sin that is hurtful to other people. Even as I sit here writing this, I remember how harshly I will deal with some people, but I will turn around and excuse the behavior of other people. It is completely unfair to pass judgement on others considering how many times I have fallen short in my life. I hope I am not alone in this, but maybe I am.
However, I can see vast growth since I first began walking with God. Ultimately, our relationship with God dictates our relationship with man. This passage was an amazing reminder during the season because it reminds us that God came for all of us. There is not one child He doesn’t seek to redeem. (Romans 10:13) He wants to bestow upon us good things that will bless our lives and bless others. (verse 11) He wants us to call on the Holy Spirit in times of weakness and suffering to receive the strength, wisdom, and peace to move forward.
In order to obtain this strength and wisdom and peace, we need to ask, seek, and knock (verse 7). If we as humans could fix ourselves, there would be no need for a Savior. But, if there is anything the Bible tells us, it is that humans are not capable of saving themselves. We continually mess up daily and make a mess of the opportunities God gives us. Thank the Lord for His unending grace and unconditional love.
As we step into a season of craziness, we can pass by many people who need our help or judge those who need Jesus more than anything. My challenge for us is to invite someone to Church. Have a genuine conversation with the cashier. Take the plank out of your eye, and ask the Lord to show you someone who needs Him. This season is the perfect season to ask, seek, and knock for strength to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
be free. xo