Our vicar message
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12).
The bible verse above encourages us to do unto others as you would have done unto you. In today’s society, this would be the same as saying: treat others the way you want to be treated. As Christians, we can refer to the life of Jesus as a guide on how we’re to treat others.
When Jesus began His ministry on earth, one of the many things He showed His disciples was how we’re to treat others. He forgave sins and past mistakes, showed mercy and grace to those who didn’t deserve it, prayed for and served others, helped the poor, healed the sick, reached out to sinners and so much more.
The whole Bible, particularly the New Testament, reveals to us through the life of Jesus Christ how we’re to treat others. As a result, we know Jesus wants us to forgive the mistakes of others because He said unless you forgive others He will not forgive you; we know that Christ wants us to have mercy and grace toward those who may not deserve it; to pray for and serve others, to help the poor, to share the gospel with sinners and etc.
Matthew 5:16 tells us to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” If we’re treating people with the love of God, people will not only see our good deeds, but they will also see Christ through us and begin praising Him because of the love of God they’ve experienced through us.
how we treat others is a reflection of our relationship with God. We cannot have a growing relationship with Christ and continue to treat people everything else but with the love of God.
The more we read the word of God and the closer we are to Him, the more compassion, love and respect we should have toward others.
So we should treat others how we want to be treated and to do it with the love of God. Just as Christ is compassionate and loving towards us, just as Christ is mercifully and graceful towards us.
As a result, people should see Christ in us and begin reciprocating the same compassion, love and respect we’ve shown them.
Remember, in everything you do, do to others what you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12) and to let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).
Yours in His Service,
Rev. Fr. Abraham Thomas