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Right Will Always Be Right!

Originally posted at More To Life Today.

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is how we often quote this scripture. Recently I heard another way to say this, “Do unto others like you were the others.” I like that version!

This scripture is called “The Golden Rule” or the “Royal Law.” It has been well said that this law is what the balance-wheel is to machinery. If only we could put ourselves in the place of the other, and ask what you would expect of him, then we would be able to show mercy and justice to our fellow man. If you always do right you don’t have to worry about being wrong.

In Matthew 7, Jesus was telling us that this law is the sum of all that is laid down in the Sacred Writings relative to men’s conduct toward each other. It’s one of God’s Laws and we must follow His Laws.

The Message Bible reads, “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” Good advice. Lord, help me!

Prayer: I want to follow Your Laws explicitly, Lord. Help me to realize the importance of having a right relationship with others and doing the right thing according to Your Word.

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

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Meditate On Your Promises

Originally posted at I Love The Psalms

Reading:                                         Psalm 119

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 (Verses 145-152)

I call with all my heart; answer me, LORD,
and I will obey your decrees.
I call out to you; save me
and I will keep your statutes.
 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.
 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
preserve my life, LORD, according to your laws.
Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
but they are far from your law.
 Yet you are near, LORD,
and all your commands are true.
 Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever(NIV).

Reflection

Meditation. It seems everyone is doing it. Have you taken up meditation? Even the Bible encourages us to meditate. 

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Ah, but there are some fundamental differences between transcendental meditation and the meditation that is described in the Bible. Eastern meditation, which springs from the Hindu religion, calls on the practitioner to relax and empty his or her mind.

Biblical meditation is not an emptying of the mind, or a disengagement with the thought process. Instead, it is active, concentrated thought on a topic, word or Bible verse. On an intellectual level, it has been compared to rumination—a cow chewing her cud. It involves getting the most out of what God has said—digesting His word—so it is fully incorporated into the life of the believer.

Today’s reading sheds light on the profound difference between biblical meditation and transcendental meditation: I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. 

The psalmist is thoroughly engaged with God. He is crying out to Him. He is focussed on the word of God and His promises: I have put my hope in your word.

In the rush of life, do we stop and meditate on God’s word? Is Bible reading just a box to check off as we speed through our day? It’s the LORD who calls us aside to spend time with Him.

Response: LORD God, with all the distractions around me, I want to get in the habit of meditating on your word. Help me to focus my attention and thoughts on your promises. You are good to me. Amen.

Your Turn: Are you easily distracted from God’s word? Do you take it with you through the day?