Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – September 15, 2022

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Matthew 7:12-14


Love People

This passage is referred to as “The Golden Rule”, which even outside of Christian circles is respected and honored. Where secular institutions and schools will promote the idea of treating others as you wish to be treated!

Here is what we know as Jesus’ followers: the natural person, the one without the Spirit of God, cannot and will not live our the golden rule consistently. This golden rule principle is an indicator that we know Christ, as he empowers us to die to ourselves and live to God!

Jesus elaborates on the Golden Rule in verses 13 and 14 when he discussed the wide and narrow gate. Jesus makes it plain that there is a way of living that leads to destruction and that way of living is easy and that gate is wide, many pass through it. But there is a gate, there is a way of living, that leads to life, but that way is hard and its gate is narrow and few find it. In our own experience, we see that there are many who walk through the wide gate, that have no thought about the golden rule. Yet there are a few who are following Jesus and embody the golden rule.

Today, may we be a people who choose the narrow way, the way to life by doing unto others as you wish they would do to you.

Reflection

Why is the narrow gate and the way to life so hard? Why is the wide gate seem easier?

Prayer

Our Father,

Thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Matt 7:12-14 would change us into the likeness of Christ. We ask for the Spirit’s help to guide us through the narrow gate. We pray for perseverance and endurance for when the road gets steep and the load gets heavy. May we embody the golden rule, help us to represent you, Jesus in every place we enter today. We pray this in the name of the father, son, and Holy Spirit.   Amen.

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