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So then, whatever you would desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.— Matthew 7:12 (AMPC)
The Golden RuleAdapted from the resource The Confident Women Devotional - by Joyce Meyer
Many of us learned as children to recite “the golden rule”: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, treat people the way you want to be treated. If you want respect, treat people with respect. If you want people to be patient with you, be patient with people. If you want people to forgive you, be quick to forgive. We learned the rule as children, but do we practice it as adults?
As a Spirit-filled believer, you need to take the initiative to treat people the way you want to be treated, not the way they treat you. Don’t wait for someone else to do what is right; be the one who does what is right first. Learning how to treat people well will dramatically change your life.
Prayer Starter: Father, help me today to take the initiative to treat others well. Thank You for guiding me and giving me grace to keep a loving, respectful attitude toward people. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
1 John 2:15 (NLT)

What Does It Mean For Us to Love?By Rick Warren

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:6-8 NIV).
One of my heroes was Dr. E.V. Hill, pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. He was a tremendous man of God and an intellectual giant. He was also a man of integrity who was not afraid to call it as he saw it. Because of the many times in his ministry he called out injustice in inner-city L.A., he faced constant death threats.
After something he said one Sunday morning, there was a threat that he was going to be bombed during the next week, and he took it very seriously. One day that week he came home and noticed his car wasn’t there. He immediately thought that either somebody had stolen it or someone was tampering with it and planting a bomb in it. He sat down on his front steps, deeply worried. About 30 minutes later, his wife, who was well aware of the threat, drove up in that very same car.
“What are you doing?” he yelled, frightened that she had taken such a risk. She said, “I got to thinking. This community needs you more than it needs me. If they were going to rig that car to be bombed, I wanted me to be in it, not you.” Dr. Hill later said, “I always knew that my wife loved me. But then I finally understood what love was all about.”
Dr. and Mrs. Hill knew that love is not something you feel. Love is not something you say. Love is something you do.
Notice all the action steps in today’s Scripture. Love rejoices, protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. These are things that you do. Love doesn’t just talk or offer lip service. Love makes a choice every day to do for others what God has done for us.
You don’t have to wonder what it means to love. God showed us clearly what love does, and then he gave us the greatest example of love when he gave us Jesus.PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick >>
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   What people in your life are easiest to love? What people are hardest for you to love?    What is one way you can love more like Jesus?    It’s difficult to “always” do something, because we also still sin. Why do you think the Bible describes love as “always” doing the actions listed in 1 Corinthians 13:6-8?

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Dear Tumblr friends,

recently I’ve taken my time off just to focus on.. being. It was definitely needed as I was struggling with mental health issues and my eating disorder. I visited my Church family in Spain and stayed with them for a week just to unwind. I AM DOING SO MUCH BETTER NOW. I’d like to post here more regularly, but I’m hesitant about it.. would anyone read what I post? Let me know if you follow me and wish I posted more! Happy Monday beautiful people 🦋

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I was doing some research on the mark of Cain, and I realized something. Some call the mark a blessing (it’s two part, second was what made it so no one can kill him) and some call it a curse (first part, to wander the earth forever of the life of turmoil for killing his brother). The mark of Cain is a “blessing and a curse”. I just felt like sharing because I found it interesting (personally).

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