Do onto others

I just had a conversation with someone who related a story about how a couple had ripped them off. He was promised a down payment and the balance paid when the job was finished.

It started out great, the arrangement was to stay at the house with food provided. The down payment was made and things were going well. Until the work was finished then all of a sudden the food had to be payed for. Then the Balance was not paid. That almost ended it, except for what the worker did to retaliate.

What he did was to ruin much of the work he had done. The couple ended up having to get it redone. I asked him what the Bible says about his actions. His response was that he didn’t care what the bible says because they deserved it.

First of all I’m not excusing anything the couple did. When we give our word it becomes a contract between the parties. What makes it worse is that both parties were “Christians” and God has a standard for us. Golden Rule, precept in the Gospel of Matthew 7:12 “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” This rule of conduct is a summary of the Christian’s duty to his neighbor and states a fundamental ethical principle.

Basically how you do to one another is how you will be accountable to God. The first people did evil, but 2nd was just as guilty. There are legal ways to deal with anyone who cheats you. Too retaliate gives you a false justice. And yes I know even from personal actions how much satisfaction is desired.

Romans 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. If you do it yourself, God won’t, or maybe both parties will answer.

It’s very human to want to react with emotion. The Gift of Scripture is knowing God’s ways. The gift of Salvation means having the Holy Spirit to guide us. Something that people try to ignore is that God doesn’t change.

Jesus never said it would be easy. He said He would be with us through everything. Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Lord our God, help us to trust you in all circumstances.

May God bless you, Dan Beliveau

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