9.17.2013

Luke 6: 27-39 (1)

ppt
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
Reading: Luke 6: 27-38
K-hymn: 194

Jesus says: (v 31)
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
This is what God wants.
Everybody knows it.
It is in our hearts.
It is within every human being.

Christians are called to practice this.
We are called to practice this at the church.
We are called to encourage people to “Do to others as you would like them to do to you."

Practically, we can practice this like this:
Love others, as you want to be loved.
Treat others, as you want to be treated.
Pray for others, as you want to be prayed for.
Give others, as you want to be given.
Think of others, as you want to be thought of.

Then when we talk with others, we speak gentler and kinder languages.
We choose better words so that we may not hurt someone.
Even when we have to point out someone's fault, we talk kindly.
So, we talk about what they are doing well, first.
We will talk about how much we appreciate them.
Then we may talk about what they could change to make it better.

Jesus says:
“Do to others, as you would have them do to you.”
But it does not mean that we need to give something without knowing what people want.
It does not ask us to give someone a coke, because we want to drink a coke.
We cannot do that, unless we want people to give what they want for themselves.
So, we need to understand people first so that we would not do something or give something that they don’t want.
We need to understand people and how they behave.
We may need to understand people as we understand about us.
Then we may be able to practice what Jesus says here.
Then we may be able to do to others, as we will have them do to us.

Jesus said it in many other ways.
Jesus said something like this: (v 37-38)
You don’t want to be judged.
So do not judge.
You don’t want people to talk behind your back.
Don’t talk behind someone’s back.
You don’t want to be condemned.
So, do not condemn.
You want to be forgiven.
So, forgive.
Give what you want to receive.
Then God will give you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over.
God will put them into your lap.
For the measure you give is the measure you get back.”

Then Jesus went one step further.
Jesus is asking people to try to practice this even for their enemy.
Jesus said something like this: (v 27)
“Love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who curse you.
Pray for those who mistreat you.
If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.
If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
Give to everyone who asks you.
If anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”

Here Jesus is asking us to treat others as God treats us.
This is how Jesus introduces God.
When we practice like this, we learn of God.
In this way, we become God’s disciples.
To help us live like this, Jesus is willing to send us the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit enables us to live like this.
But still we also need to try to live like this.
Then, we may learn how to live with God forever.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to live like you.
In your name, we pray. Amen.