In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


Friday, May 21
InTouch Early Light Devotional

How to Treat One Another
Matthew 7:12

Jesus explained the basis for strong relationships: He said that in everything, we should treat others the way we want to be treated. When you think about your friends, relatives, and associates, do you see any of the following characteristics of a strong relationship?

 - Enjoyment and satisfaction.

 - Loyalty.

 - Genuine concern for the other person's welfare.

 - Truthfulness.

 - Prayer support.

 - A desire for the best for the other person.

 - Protection of each other from emotional, physical, or spiritual harm.

 - Forgiveness.

 - Encouragement.

 - Support.

 - Generosity.

 - Respect and honor.

 - Acceptance of the other person for who he or she is.

Most of us would have to say we don't have all of these characteristics in every relationship. But is there a single quality that you would not want someone to display toward you?

Do you have relationship problems in your marriage? With your children? With your employer or employees? At church or in your neighborhood?
Jesus made the solution clear. It is a command that we treat others as we want to be treated. It takes work and prayer, but God always gives us the resources to be obedient.

Are you willing to work at building strong relationships? Remember that Jesus commanded it, and therefore obedience is not optional. Ask God to give you the patience and wisdom you'll need to mend or strengthen the relationships in your life.


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