Saturday, May 26, 2012

Do Unto Others

"Do unto others what others have done unto you."


Is that what the Bible teaches us?

No.

Instead, it says in Luke 6:31:


"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."


Life would have been a whole lot easier if God had commanded His believers to do the former instead of the latter. I think that it would have been a whole lot fairer, too. Oh, what I would give to release my wrath on those who have been devils on Earth to me.


Fight fire with fire. Rub me the wrong way and I'll carpet burn the crap out of you. Make my life hell and I'll make you wish you were in hell cos that would be a heck of a lot better than the life you're left with to live after I'm done with you. Think that's bad? Oh... I'm just getting warmed up.


Cos I'll tell you this:

I'm naturally headstrong, I'm highly choleric
and I can hold grudges that last until forever.


So if I was left to my own devices, I'd be the kind of girl you wouldn't want to mess with. I'll make you regret ever doing anything to hurt or harm me and the people I love. Cos I'll make you pay for whatever sh*t you throw at me and them... pressed down, shaken together, running over. >(


BUT... I choose to leave Vengeance, Bitterness and Hatred behind when I decided to follow my Saviour. Even so, that doesn't mean I don't fight human nature every day. It's tough being smiley, and kind, and gracious, and understanding when there are people out there who are all out to back stab, bitch, slight, overthrow and intentionally try to pull you down, mess things up, and screw with your plans.


And if you didn't already know, in a fallen world, Evil reigns supreme. The fight for good is exactly that – a fight. Day in and day out, Goodness only has its chance to prevail if we beat the odds and fight in its favour. But... (yes, there's a but) ... here's the catch: The battle belongs to our God.


Take it in my own hands and I lose without even trying. So, over the years, I have learned to "do unto others as I would have them do unto me", and trust that in the event that things go awry because of others' evil doings, He will fight my battles for me. All I need to do is surrender them all to Him.


"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."


This verse tells me that God is not concerned about the behaviour of others; but of our behaviour toward others. It is what you do that matters in His eyes. Do what is right, do what is good, do what is holy, seek His kingdom instead of revenge... and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luke 12:31) The fight for justice is not my own. My just and righteous God will handle it. And if my God is for me, then who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)


The Bible teaches me to "turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5:38-40) instead of retaliate in anger. So, in spite of my human urge to strike back 10 times harder, I bite my lip, swallow my pride and prepare for another blow. And another, and another, and another. But I have no fear for I know my God has got my back. And already, He has proven Himself faithful over and over again this year. <3

2 comments :

Melsong said...

Yup the battle is the Lord's.

Pam Song said...

ATTN: Melsong
– He is faithful and just. He will watch over me and protect me from all evil and all harm.

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