June 21, 2016
Jesus said, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.” “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.” Mt_7:6,12-14
The Golden Rule.
So when we move from the “don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you” to the “Do for others what you’d like for them to do for you,” you know what we’ll find, beloved? Sometimes they won’t do that good back to us. Sometimes they’ll even hurt us in return, instead.
That’s when we need to move on to: “Don’t do to others what they’ve provoked in you and deserve in return.” That’s the hard one. Because then we move from mother nature, from the laws of physics, to the Laws of God. And that’s “the narrow gate!”
And in order to ever get there, it takes a LOT of practice. Practice on the little things, like overcoming the driving ‘e-jots’, and the rudeness in the stores. Fasting and abstinence helps too. Then we can move on to the real hurts. The ones we’re supposed to forgive and love anyway.
Then, let’s all meet on the other side of that narrow gate – in the paradise where there is no more hurting and evil!!!
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