That's What I Want
Matthew 7:12 (MSG) Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.
It's the Golden Rule - treat others the way you would want them to treat you. Sure it sounds nice but are we really putting it into practice? Do we speak to others the way we desire to be spoken to? Do we think thoughts about others the way we desire others to think about us? What are our motives when we respond to others harshly?
Most of the time when we react in an unloving way, it's because of our own selfish desires being unmet.
The simplest question can become an evening of disappointment and grouchiness. I pray that we would all come up a little higher in our walk with Christ and really put the needs of others before ourselves (in a healthy way). Showing His love to people in all walks of life, letting them know that there is a God who loves them and died for them and has a wonderful plan just for them! If skipping a meal means I'm helping someone else in need then that's what I want. If not getting my way all the time means I am allowing others to be blessed, then that's what I want. If giving more sacrificially means more people will hear the gospel and accept Christ, then that's what I want! Let's strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus in more creative ways. Let's be the body of Christ that we were called to be - Christ followers.
Hebrews 13:16 (AMP) Do not neglect to do good, to contribute [to the needy of the church as an expression of fellowship], for such sacrifices are always pleasing to God.
Galatians 6:2 (AMP) Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].