New Life Daily Devotion - October 24, 2011


His Rule, Your Rule
Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb 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.
Matthew 7:12 MSG

Is the Golden Rule your rule? Hopefully so. After all, Jesus instructs you to treat other people in the same way that you want to be treated. But sometimes, especially when you’re feeling the pressures of everyday living, obeying the Golden Rule can seem like an impossible task—but it’s not.

Would you like to make the world a better place? If so, you can start by practicing the Golden Rule. If you want to know how to treat other people, ask the person you see every time you look into the mirror. The answer you receive will tell you exactly what to do.

To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people’s places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places. - Harry Emerson Fosdick, 100 Days of Prayer

It is my calling to treat every human being with grace and dignity, to treat every person, whether encountered in a palace or a gas station, as a life made in the image of God. - Sheila Walsh

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping herself. - Barbara Johnson

It is wrong for anyone to be anxious to receive more from his neighbor than he himself is willing to give to God. - St. Francis of Assisi

Today’s Prayer
Lord, I thank You for friends and family members who practice the Golden Rule. Because I expect to be treated with kindness, let me be kind. Because I wish to be loved, let me be loving. In all things, Lord, let me live by the Golden Rule, and let me express my gratitude to those who offer kindness to me. Amen



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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.