Summary: Christians so often forget the principles in God’s Holy Word which tell us quite plainly...what you dish out is EXACTLY what you will reap.
Matt. 7:12 12“Do for others what you would like them
to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the
law and the prophets.
This, so called, “golden rule” is a guide for us to live by.
A. It’s more than just a nice little guide.
1. Many of the things found in the spirit of the
“Golden Rule” will determine our very
How we treat others is....EXACTLY HOW WE WILL
BE TREATED, BY GOD, ON THE JUDG-
A. To the same degree......in the same way......to the
same extent......with the same patience......with the
same mercy....etc., etc..
All of this can be quite scary.....when you really think about
it (and we really NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT!)
A. This isn’t some strange....deep....and quite
mysterious object to be pursued.
1. It’s simple....and it’s very difficult (if you
don’t work at it all the time)
a. GUIDELINE: Treat EVERYBODY in
the exact same way you want to be
treated by God!
1.) With the same kind and amount of
mercy, forgiveness, and love.....
with the same amount of patience
that we would like to have from
TIME AND TO THE SAME
EXTENT THAT WE WANT TO
BE TREATED AT THE FINAL
This can become quite scary as we examine ourselves and
don’t see ourselves in this picture.
A. All is not lost....as with any other sin....REPENT!
1. Along with that repentance, comes a different
YOU...a you that will operate within the way
Let us start now, by realizing that we haven’t been doing
the right thing,......and by searching for a true
understanding of what God wants.
I. We really need to come to grips with this thing called
“patience and kindness”. We desire it from God and
we desire it from our fellow man.
A. Just how much “patience and kindness” would
we expect from God?
1. Do we deal with God and mankind in the
same way as we expect to receive?
B. We have a bit of a problem, which we need to
1. Perfect patience comes from God.
a. God can, has, and does display this kind
of perfect patience to us, today,.....as
He has shown it to others in times past.
2. Being unable to attain to these Godlike
traits on our own......we need to turn to some-
one who is able to help us.
a. In comes the Holy Spirit....God....the one
who can practice perfect patience.
1.) As we are in the Holy Spirit...then
....and only then....can we practice
the patience that God demands of
a.) It is not something that we can
do on our own....it is not
something that can be faked...
it IS something that we can
definitely recognize as
having......or not having.
C. Here’s where another trait needs to come in.....
we need to be honest with God, others, and our
1. When the roles are reversed, we seek patience,
mercy, love, long-suffering, etc..
a. Why then, do we feel that we can act like
gods when we treat other’s difficulties
and sins against us......or those we
Matt. 18:21-35 - 21Then Peter came to him and asked,
“Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins
against me? Seven times?”
22“No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!
23“For this reason, the Kingdom of Heaven can be
compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to
date with servants who had borrowed money from him.
24In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who
owed him millions of dollars. 25He couldn’t pay, so the
king ordered that he, his wife, his children, and everything
he had be sold to pay the debt. 26But the man fell down
before the king and begged him, ‘Oh, sir, be patient with
me, and I will pay it all.’ 27Then the king was filled with
pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
28“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow
servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed
him by the throat and demanded instant payment. 29His
fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little
more time. ‘Be patient and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30But
his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and
jailed until the debt could be paid in full.
31“When some of the other servants saw this, they were
very upset. They went to the king and told him what had
happened. 32Then the king called in the man he had
forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that
tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.
33Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as
I had mercy on you?’ 34Then the angry king sent the man