Day 245: September 2, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 7:12
Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—this is the Law and the Prophets.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. “Whatever others do for you, do also the same for them.” How is this misquoting what Jesus said? What is the difference? Which principle do most people live by? Which one do you live by?
  2. About 20 years before Jesus’ birth, Rabbi Hillel was reported to have said: “What is hateful to you, do not do to anyone else. This is the whole law; all the rest is only commentary.” How is this similar to what Jesus said? How are Jesus’ words significantly different?
  3. The “Law and the Prophets” was a way of referring to the Scriptures of Jesus’ day – the Old Testament. The only other time Jesus summarizes the whole teaching of the Old Testament is when He speaks of the two Great Commandments (see, for example, Matthew 22:34-40). How are the Great Commandments and the “Golden Rule” found in this verse related?
  4. Many times we wonder how we should relate to someone, or how to conduct ourselves in various situations. How does this verse inform the way we should treat others in just about any circumstance or situation?
  5. Who are the various people you will encounter and interact with in the next 24 hours? What will it look like to put this verse into practice? Be specific.
  6. Pray that God would give you His perspective on others, and that you would have His love for them, so you will be able to put this verse into practice towards everyone you encounter.

About JourneyOn Today

Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.