Giving Account, Part 4, Jan 22, 2012

Giving Account: Our Words and the Golden Rule
Matt. 12:22-37, 7:12 – golden rule
– every person will give an account of their words to God, whether they want to or not.
Lev. 19:16-18 – God wants us to live out this life as Jesus did
Rom. 14:11-12
– your words reveal your heart, God is God of the heart
Rom. 7:12 – God is a God of action “Do to others…”
– Jesus requires that you show kindness to others
– speak evil of no man
10 principles to help us live out the golden rule:
1. If I have a problem with another person, I will go to him/her privately.
2. If someone has a problem with me, I want him/her to come to me privately, and I will be open to hear what he/she has to say.
3. If someone has a problem with me and they come to you, send them to me and I’ll do the same for you.
4. If someone hesitates to come to me, say, “I’ll go with you. I’m sure they’ll discuss this situation with you.” I’ll do the same for you.
5. Be careful how you interpret me. I’d rather do that. (instead of jumpint to conclusions, ask what they meant)
6. I will be careful how I interpret you.
7. If it’s confidential, I won’t tell, unless someone is harming himself/herself or someone else.
8. I won’t send or pay attention to unsigned letters or notes. Information should always travel with a person’s name so it can be cleared up, if necessary.
9. I will not manipulate; I will not be manipulated.
10. When in doubt, I will bring up my concern or question.