Every day we make hundreds of little choices which may either honor or dishonor God. The Bible is filled with instruction on how to live (and not to live) our lives. But it’s so much to digest. What if we forget something important and make a big mistake? John Wesley, founder of Methodism, took away the confusion by reducing godly behavior to three simple rules.
Count to 10
“Do No Harm”
Our impulses can get us in trouble, causing us to say and do things that hurt God, others and ultimately ourselves. With God’s help, we can weigh out our thoughts and actions in advance and avoid many regrets.
Live in Harmony
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[b] says the Lord.
— Romans 12:14-19
Love Fulfills the Law
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b]
–Romans 13: 8-9
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Do No Harm