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[One day a poor boy, who was selling goods from door to door to
pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was
hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost
his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal, he asked
for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a
large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe
you?" She replied, You don't owe me anything. My mother has taught us never to
accept payment for a kindness." He said, "Then I thank you from my heart." As
Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his
faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and
[Year's later, that young woman became critically ill. The
local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they
called in specialist to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in
for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went
down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown, he went
in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room
determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special
attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly
requested from the business office to pass the final billing to him for
approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge, and the bill
was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the
rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her
attention on the side of the bill. She read these words: "Paid in full with one
glass of milk Signed: Dr. Howard Kelly." Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her
happy heart prayed: "Thank you, God, that your love is shed abroad through human
hearts and hands."]
[This passage strikes at the heart of friendship and good
[Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend
that sticketh closer than a
[The golden Rule is all about respect and how we treat one
Notice what is contained within this single sentence,
The Description of Godly Good Will
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, . . ."]
do you like to be treated?
If you were to take a minute or two and write down one word descriptions that describe how
you like to be treated. What would you write?
You would likely write things like
respect, honesty, honor, love, compassion, kindness, charity, etc . . .]
[Why do you like to be treated with? (From the above
[Notice the All Things Whatsoever in our passage.
What on your list could you leave out?
Who wants to be treated disrespectfully, or with disdain?
Yet, that is often how we will treat others and then wonder why they
won’t hear your witness and testimony.]
The Direction of Godly Good Will (Rom
"Do ye even so to them . . ." – God gives you clear and definite directions about how you, as God’s
child and representative in life, ought to treat other people.
Paul wrote clearly to the Roman Christians about how they should treat
those around them.]
Church with Good Will (Rom 12.10-13)
[- Christians ought to treat Christians with:]
12:10-13 Be kindly affectioned
one to another with
brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12Rejoicing in hope; patient in
tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.]
[Give them Preference]
[Benevolent or giving]
Community with Good Will (Rom
12:14-18 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but
condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. ]
[Bless and curse not (vs 14) -
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.]
[Rejoice and weep with them (vs 15) -
15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with
them that weep.]
[Humble ourselves toward them (vs 16) - Meet them where
[Forgiving toward them (vs 17) -
to no man evil for evil . . .]
[Be honest with them (vs 17) - . . .
Provide things honest in the sight of all
[Live peaceably with them (vs 18) -
18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live
peaceably with all men.]
Contentious with Godly Will (Rom
12:19-21 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but
rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance
is mine; I will repay, saith the
if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing
thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome
evil with good. ]
Longsuffer with him (vs 19)
Provide for him (vs 20)
To be good to them (vs 21).
[It is the Christians attitude of
Good Will that sets him apart from the world.]
[Its what makes us different.]
The Duration of Godly Good Will [-
[How long are we to employ the Golden Rule? Two responses,]
[Until I'm betrayed.]
[Until I'm abused.]
[Until I've been used.]
There once was a preacher, he was a big burly man, and one day a man was
angry with him and struck on his cheek.
All that stood around watched in awe as the preacher stood there in
incredible self control and turn to the man his other cheek; which the opponent
vigorously struck. Then the preacher
looked about, set down his Bible, began rolling up his sleeves and stated, "I
have no further instructions to guide me!"]
Christian Response (Matt 18.21-22; 2
[Until God stops
forgiving you - Until seven times seventy]
18:21-22 Then came Peter to him,
and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till
seven times? 22Jesus
saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times
[Until all come
[2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance. ]
The Distinction of Godly Good Will [-
Demarcation means to set apart (wb).
Therefore we are talking about how the Golden Rule makes us different.
What makes us different as Christians,]
makes us different (Rom 12.1-2; 2 Cor 5.17) [- The New Birth makes us
different from the world. Once you
receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior a metamorphosis takes place in
your life. You are not the same as
you used to be. You are not like
this world people anymore. You have
been set apart by God (sanctification), you are now a child of God (adoption),
it is time that you realize and acknowledge that you have been transformed
[Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable
be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ]
supposed to be something different about born-again believers. ]
[2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be
he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new. ]
Convictions make us different (1 Pet 4.3-4; Eph 6.10-11) [- Once you
become a child of God you ought to feel and covet deep godly convictions.
Conviction can make you feel guilt and ashamed, if you fail to recognize
what it is and then fail to respond to it.
Conviction is the Holy Spirit of God within you striving to conform you
to image of our Lord and Savior and seeking to make you the express joy of your
Heavenly Father. Conviction is a
good thing in a Christians life, or even a lost persons life.
For a lost person conviction is the Holy Spirit of God seeking to bring
into the family of God through the New Birth.]
[Conviction demands change in your life for the sake of
God’s glory and kingdom. Many rebel
against conviction. They don’t ever
want to feel or hear conviction. But
conviction is necessary and is the evidence that God is working in your life.
Every child of God needs to be in a Church that brings them under the
sound of the convicting Word of God.
When you come under conviction don’t rail on the pastor or resist the Holy
Spirit, look for God work in your heart and life and respond with joy to the
nurturing of your you Heavenly Father.]
[It is the conviction of God that will cause the
healthy spiritual transformation of your life.
It is this same conviction that will cause the world around you to see
the work of God in your life. Your
old friends that you used to hang around with before your New Birth will often
be the first to notice the changes in you.
The Bible says,]
[1 Peter 4:3-4 For the
time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles,
when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings,
and abominable idolatries:
think it strange that ye run not with
them to the same excess of riot,
speaking evil of you:]
[What has happened to cause your old associations to
notice a difference in you? You have
learned to stand with and for the Lord Jesus Christ.]
6:10-11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his
on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of
the devil. ]
makes us different (John 13.35) [- Your conversion and conviction will also
lead you to a new kind of compassion.
The love of God, not the love of the world, will be manifested in and
through your life. The Bible
[John 13:35 By this shall all men
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. ]
[The love of God is not the same as the love of the
world. Worldly love is selfish,
restitution love. Worldly loves
manifests itself primarily toward those who have something to give in return and
reward for your kindness and compassion.
God’s love is unconditional and sacrificial.
God’s love give when there is nothing that can be given in return.]
[Those born again through the Lord Jesus Christ will
give a kind of compassion that this lost world does not understand and has
trouble receiving. It is through
this compassion that our distinctiveness is clearly manifested.]
CrossRoads Baptist, May 17, 2009