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For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:2

In this single sentence, Jesus continues an all-important Sermon on the Mount theme: “My disciples are to be different.” Citizens that belong to the kingdom of God are not like citizens of this world. They enter through a narrow gate and they avoid the broad road that leads to destruction. They have strength to overcome the pressure to conform. They have conquered their normal fear of being unusual. They are growing better as they grow older. Oswald Chambers has summarized Jesus’ intent in the Sermon in these words: “The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations; it is a statement of the life we live when the Holy Spirit is getting His way with us.” When God takes over, we change and we get transformed. Because we are Christians, there are some things we won’t do and some others we must do. These differences distinguish the followers of Christ from those who walk the broad road toward destruction. The Lord Jesus Christ is providing us a principle that our message must be accompanied by our actions. If you want to be forgiven then you must forgive. If you feel wounded, broken, and could benefit from a gentle touch then be gentle with others. When you value tactfulness when something sensitive needed to be addressed then be tactful. The examples are endless and the principle was clearly presented from the Scripture; “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9). We are called upon to deliver the message of Christlike character and there is no message on earth that is more needed or more powerful. If you want to impact your family, your church, your community, your place of employment and you want to make a difference in the life of others then demonstrate the characteristics of Christ. Most people will ever read is the daily life of the Christian. “Clearly, you are a letter from Christ... This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3).


Noel De Guzman

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