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Proverbs 24:29

When dealing with others, we often hear it said: 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. This is much like, but not exactly what the Scriptures say.

The Old Testament mention of this subject reads: "Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.", Proverbs 24:29. This verse, simply says, reward the man according to his work. Disregard the way he's treated you - - - do what is right in the sight of God.

Matthew's account reads: "Therefore all things, whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: . . .", Matthew 7:12. Reduced to the lowest level this says 'Treat them like I would like to be treated'.

Luke 6:31 closely resembles Matthews words: "and as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

In our 'give and take world', we need to succumb to to the Lord's way. If all were to practice what the Bible says about our dealings with others, what would it be like? Would it be a better world, or worse?

We can clearly see that it depends upon us as individuals to set the correct way into practice. Be an initiator, not a responder.

Just imagine how different our world would be if all were to follow God's counsel. Price gouging would be history! Business' in general, would clean up it's act. Car salesmen would tell a different line. Would soap manufacturers have to alter their ads? Well the list could go on and on. However, it must start with us, just like the text states.

We may not be able to change the world, but we can do something about our own lives; and the Lord will take note of it' and bless it. Maybe not in money, but in inward joy, and satisfaction. DDH.

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