Bible Devotions

The Golden Rule is the Best Way to Treat Others

on February 10, 2009

Read Genesis 29.

You know that saying “what goes around comes around?” Well, Jacob is now getting a taste of his own medicine. Now he knows what it’s like to be deceived by a family member. Guess what? He doesn’t like it.

Have you ever noticed how sometimes we can’t see out own sin until someone sins against us the same way we sin? Jacob is finding this out as uncle Laban deceives him.

I can’t help but think of Matthew 7:2 NKJV “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” For Jacob was a manipulating, schemer, who deceived his closest family members. Now he is with his uncle Laban who is doling out the same kind of deceit Jacob used.

Probably the best rule to follow is what Matthew 7:14 NKJV says “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” There is no guarantee people won’t sin against us but there is consolation in the peace of mind coming from the knowledge we chose to do what is pleasing to God.

Lord thank you for your word and Holy Spirit leading us into your truth. Thank you for your wisdom on the way to live. Your plans and purposes are best for us. Help us to cooperate with you. In Jesus’ name Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade. Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.


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