“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
“Just be nice” has been seen as a bumper sticker and on t-shirts. The sentiment probably strikes a chord with all who read it, because it is easier for us to NOT be nice. It’s easier to be critical or insensitive or judgmental.
If we are to be obedient to God’s laws and the words he gave to the prophets, if we are to do to others what we want them to do to us-we need to “just be nice.” Jesus told us in John 13:34-35, to “love one another,” and of course, we try our best. Some of us may have to start loving others by just trying to be nice. Without God’s Holy Spirit living within us, our sin nature takes charge, and it is anything but nice. We find fault, we think mean thoughts, we keep track of wrongs, etc. When we allow the Holy Spirit to change our nature to one that is “nice” -one that is sensitive to others’ needs, appreciates differences in personality and talents, and encourages and motivates others-the Lord will give us the words, a smile, and an expression of love that will make our world a nicer place for each of us to live and share the gospel of salvation and eternal life.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)
That means that we have a chance to do something about all thoughts that are not well-pleasing to God, before they enter our hearts and become a part of us!
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
“When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.” Isaiah 8:19-20 (NIV)
There is a sad story in the Old Testament about such a situation. King Saul wants to know God’s will. He is faced with battling the mighty Philistine army and is afraid for the outcome. He goes to the high priest first to inquire of God, but God, does not answer. So he seeks out a medium and begs her to call up the prophet Samuel from the dead. She is reluctant, since all spiritualists have been driven from the land and forbade from practicing divination. But finally she relents. Samuel appears and not only gives Saul the will of God, but a heartbreaking reprimand (because of the wrong way he is going about finding God’s will). Saul’s army will not only lose to the Philistines, but Saul and his sons will lose their lives.
The law and the covenant is the Word of God. The answers for our lives are in the Bible. Jesus encourages us “Seek and you will find ” (Matthew 7:7). Mediums and fortune tellers don’t have God’s voice. The Bible warns against them. God’s will for our lives is in God’s Word and it is good, anywhere, any time.