Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule
Pastor Ryan Freeman
Payson Christian Church

When I was little- growing up in Oregon, one of the things my dad did which I really valued was be my baseball coach...

-Gloves in the Dirt
-'Show Me the Money'
-the other thing which made me really respect him was how whatever he asked the team to do, he did too. (running laps, etc)

The Golden Rule.... do unto others...

 Matthew 5:43-48

Teaching about Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’[q] and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies![r] Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends,[s] how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Did you know that nearly everything in the New Testament has a connection with something back in the Old Testament- if you want an easy way to find out what's in the Bible and how they're connected, get an inter-linear Bible and just follow the dots. (Biblegateway works, too)

Leviticus 19:18New Living Translation (NLT)

18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
 19:18 love your neighbor. A “neighbor” was anyone with whom there was contact, whether Israelite (v. 17) or alien (v. 34; cf. Matt. 22:39, 40; Rom. 13:9).

Leviticus 19:34New Living Translation (NLT)

34 Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Do Unto Others connects with The Greatest Commandment.

 Matthew 22:34-40

The Most Important Commandment

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[e] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[f] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Romans 13:9-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.”[a] These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b]Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

God through Jesus repeats himself to us. What he says to do and be like in the Old Testament is lived out through Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus is running the laps with us. He is teaching us the mechanics and training through all the drills so we'll be the second basemen he knows we are.
I always wanted to hit a homerun. It hasent happened yet, but I know it will someday. I have had an in the park homerun, but I dont really count it... but, during a play off game, I helped win the game by doing a triple play- and that's all through learning on a team with my dad.

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