KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:39 (KJV). “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
We established in our previous study that every law of God is a principle to liberate us from bondage, to a fulfilled life of peace and happiness. The Lord gave the second greatest commandment, as, to love our neighbour as ourselves. Self centredness is an invisible prison that many lock up themselves in. Pastor E W Kenyon says ‘Selfishness is the mother of all sorrows’. Love for all men is the key that unlocks that invisible prison, that selfishness imposes on men. The Lord did not just call for love for all, but to love all persons as yourself. This implies you do to them what you would have them do to yourself.
The above rule or law is called the principle of multiplied goodness. (PMG) Remember, you always reap what you sow. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”— Galatians 6:7 (KJV). If you do the good things, you want done for yourself to others, you would reap a multiplied measure of it. In a similar vein if you are mean and callous, and mistreat men, you would likewise receive a multiplied measure of the kind of treatment you give out to them. The Lord even elaborated this in Luke 6:38, that men Wil give back to you, more, shaken together and running over, what you give them. If you are having a tough time with your neighbours and associates, then you may consider the kind of treatment you are giving out to them.
Dear one, what kind of treatment do you give to others. Husband how do you treat your wife. Love her as yourself. Dear passenger in a vehicle, how do you talk to the driver? How does the driver likewise talk to the passenger? We would have a happier world if people would have heeded to this principle. There are certain people in state establishment, who use all kinds of ways, to extort money to enrich themselves and their families. Such acts, inevitably go a long way to impoverish many. They become very poor and suffer because of the corruption of someone in a place of power and authority. No one should deceive himself that, he is free to cheat and go scoot free. You would surely reap from your corrupt actions in a big way. You may reap it from an incurable sickness, your son becoming stubborn and wayward. Always consider the impact of your actions on others. Love them as you love yourself.
THOUGHTS: Others are the soils we reap multiplied goodness as we plant our love into their lives.
Luke 6:37 (KJV). “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”
Luke 6:38 (KJV). “Give, (love) and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Italic mine)