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  1. I have wrestled with “Do on to others as you would have them do on to you” most of my life. On the losing side of the equation.

    About 2 weeks ago I gained a New Perspective from what Jesus Said:

    Luke 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

    Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

    Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

    uke 6:33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

    Luke 6:34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

    Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

    “Ask them not again” and “do ye also to them “Likewise”.

    That defines another word I have not connected ever before: “Enable” others bad behavior.

    Still ” But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

    Not too interested in “Likewise”, but I still need practice on “Ask them not Again”.

    Recently I helped a 63 year old friend who lost his house business, family and totally in flat broke. Having $20,000 in cash I offered to help him for an Add-On that was a dream, he a carpenter. Surely not needed. Long and the short of it. I no longer have the $20,000, but Owe an additional $20,000. Worse is some how other friends (classmates) look at treat me as a Savage and a Beast. I am sure that the effort was not a sin. The burden I can carry with more work and hardship at 73. The Bad Attitudes I can hold up. The burden I earned.

    Bet I could have made this a win/win. With what about $1000 in cash. Not $20,000 plus Interest. You cannot take on the Physical Material World and make it Whole. Sound judgement in Flesh will only help the Spirit Grow. Bad judgement just make a harder Row to Hoe in body, not Spirit. So I have more Matter World to overcome and maybe another Recycle in the Spin Cycle of Matter.