If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:29b-31)
In the children’s book, The Lunch Thief, by Anne C. Bromley, Kevin steals lunches. Rafael catches him, but wants to apply his mother’s advice to use his mouth before his fists. Rafael observes Kevin entering a motel and discovers Kevin lost everything in recent wildfires. Now Rafael acts in love and shares his lunch with Kevin.
When read in context, the Golden Rule takes on a new meaning. If my brother or sister was hungry, and I stole someone’s lunch to feed them, how, if caught, would I want to be treated? What if Kevin stole your child’s lunch? Could you pack your child two lunches and write Kevin’s name on one? And perhaps put an extra treat in your child’s lunch and advise your child to share it with Kevin. What if a thief steals because of greed? Likely they don’t know Jesus and have nothing spiritually. What effect would it have on someone if they stole your purse and you said, “Wait a minute, Jesus wants you to have my bracelet too.”
Lord, thank you for making me spiritually rich. Help me consider the needs of my family, friends, or coworkers today and ask myself if I were in their shoes what would I want, how would I want to be treated?
2 thoughts on “Bible Study Devotional – Day 168 – Commentary Luke 6:29b-31 – What is the Golden Rule?”
The whole time I was reading this I thought of an experience that we had with Trey and a classmate. We were driving home from school and Trey said that a girl in his class was taking his food at snack time. She didn’t steal it, she took it from him while he was looking. So, I repeated the scenario back to Trey and asked him if I understood correctly. I did understand and I told Trey that she was taking something that did not belong to her, which was wrong. I told him we never take things that don’t belong to us, and if we do, it is called stealing and you can get in a lot of trouble for doing that. I wanted to drive home the point that we don’t take things that don’t belong to us. Victoria talked to his teacher and she knew what was happening and thought she had the situation under control. I did ask his teacher when I was in school one day if the kids brought in snacks. She said most of the kids are poor, get free lunch and don’t bring snacks. I gave her $15.00 to help her purchase snacks or whatever she needed for the kids. I understand because I was always bringing food to school for kids that didn’t have a snack. Some of the kids would come to me in the morning and they were hungry and I always had something for them to eat. In a lot of the cases it wasn’t that the family didn’t have money, it was just a matter of the parent taking the time to feed their kids before they left for school. Pretty sad either way. I guess I should find the right time to talk to Trey again about helping those in need. We talked a lot about it at Christmas because we helped give to local families in need, and giving presents to kids who would not have a present if we didn’t help. It is a good way to teach compassion and empathy. Do unto others.
Thanks so much for sharing that inspiring story. Of course, as a teacher, you understand what goes on in the schools. I’m proud of you for caring and helping! You’re a good nonny too.