The Lost Sheep

Topics: Holy Spirit, God, Jesus Pages: 5 (1991 words) Published: November 21, 2013
The Sermon On The Mount
The Golden Rule
Matthew 7.12
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[One day a poor boy, who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?" She replied, You don't owe me anything. My mother has taught us never to accept payment for a kindness." He said, "Then I thank you from my heart." As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.] [Year's later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialist to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested from the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words: "Paid in full with one glass of milk Signed: Dr. Howard Kelly." Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank you, God, that your love is shed abroad through human hearts and hands."] [This passage strikes at the heart of friendship and good will.] [Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.] [The golden Rule is all about respect and how we treat one another.] Notice what is contained within this single sentence,

A. The Description of Godly Good Will [- "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, . . ."] 1. [How do you like to be treated? If you were to take a minute or two and write down one word descriptions that describe how you like to be treated. What would you write? You would likely write things like respect, honesty, honor, love, compassion, kindness, charity, etc . . .] 2. [Why do you like to be treated with? (From the above list)] 3. [Notice the All Things Whatsoever in our passage. What on your list could you leave out? Who wants to be treated disrespectfully, or with disdain? Yet, that is often how we will treat others and then wonder why they won’t hear your witness and testimony.] B. The Direction of Godly Good Will (Rom 12.10-21) [- "Do ye even so to them . . ." – God gives you clear and definite directions about how you, as God’s child and representative in life, ought to treat other people. Paul wrote clearly to the Roman Christians about how they should treat those around them.] 1. Treat the Church with Good Will (Rom 12.10-13) [- Christians ought to treat Christians with:] [Romans 12:10-13 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.] a. [Kind]

b. [Compassionate]
c. [Respectful]
d. [Give them Preference]
e. [Prayerful]
f. [Benevolent or giving]
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