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Terms Of Service

If you’re like me, you seldom read the full text of contracts for online services before you agree to them. They go on for pages, and most of the legal jargon makes no sense to ordinary people like me.

I was quite surprised, therefore, when a friend from Africa made me aware of this one-of-a-kind service agreement for online software. Instead of a wordy license telling people how not to use it, the developer offers a simple blessing urging people to use it for good:

May you do good and not evil. May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others. May you share freely, never taking more than you give.

At first I thought, Wow. Imagine if more terms of service agreements were written as blessings instead of legal documents. Then I thought, The agreement Jesus makes with us is like that. He offers us forgiveness of sin, peace with God, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. In return, all He asks is that we do good (Gal. 6:10), forgive as we’ve been forgiven (Luke 6:37), and love others as He loves us (John 13:34).

The beauty of Jesus’ agreement with us is that even though we fail to live up to the terms, we still receive the blessing.

Bestowed with benefits daily,
Sent from the Father above;
Mercies and blessings abounding,
Gifts of His marvelous love. —Anon.
As we have opportunity, let us do good to all. —Galatians 6:10

Insight

In Luke 6:20-49, Luke recorded a sermon by Jesus that is similar to the sermon recorded in Matthew 5–7. Some scholars believe it was the same sermon, while others say that Jesus taught in two different settings. In Matthew, he taught it “on a mountain” (5:1), while here, Jesus taught these same truths “on a level place” (Luke 6:17).

33 thoughts on “Terms Of Service

  1. afeig says:

    THIS IS IT! This is what it really means to be a Christian. A gal at work recently asked me about church and what it means to “find God.” I can’t wait to share this passage with her. Pray for me and for her.

  2. eternallyhis says:

    I praise God for enabling me to turn the other cheek continuously for awhile to a neighbor of mine, which actually seemed to make her extremely angry at me. The nicer I treated her, the worse she treated me, talking bad about me to other Christian friends we had in common, and openly and sarcastically calling me “little miss Jesus, etc.” right to my face and in my own home. Yes, she too was a Christian and constantly stopping in to visit me, maybe just to harass me :) ?? Another friend who heard her, advised me to kick her out, which seemed totally wrong to me. All praise to God for bringing my attention to Romans 12:18 ‘IF IT BE POSSIBLE :) as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.’ The next time she stopped in to visit and started to harass me, while holding the door open for her, I told her politely, but firmly that she had to leave and not come back until she could show respect for me, especially in my own home. Not more than a week went by before she was back and I truly enjoyed her visits and we became good friends. I thank God for that experience, learning through it that ‘turning the other cheek’ does not necessarily mean we have to let people abuse us, but to ‘walk in truth with one another’ letting them know how their words or actions make us feel, and take a loving, but firm stand against bad treatment. (I am not speaking of physical abuse, nor of every situation, but we should seek God’s guidance in each and every situation, especially when physical danger is involved).

    1. eternallyhis says:

      p.s. The turning the other cheek came in when she finally came back knocking on my door again :) I can’t remember if she actually apologized or not, but her actions made it clear she was sorry. And God tells us if someone offends us we are not only to forgive them seven times a day, but seventy times seven (Luke 17:3,4; Matthew 18: 21,22). Wow! And to think, God is far greater than any of us and if He expects that much forgiveness from us for those who wrong us, think how much greater His forgiveness is for us. He is a beautiful, wonderful LORD, showing so much love for us that it causes us to want to emulate Him and share His love with others.

  3. hope.more says:

    “The promise of faith in Jesus Christ is given to them that believe… For the Law was given in order that grace might be sought; grace was given in order that the Law might be fulfilled.”
    (St. Augustine, “On the Spirit and the Letter,” 45)

  4. mario says:

    GREAT MESSAGE! I understand that when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour , we in a way agreed to follow with what the Lord ask of us – to do good (Eph 2:10) which equate to following all His words/teachings just as a servant obeying His Master. Examples of the Lord’s teaching as we all know are about humility, forgiving others, not judging others but plainly becoming good examples as followers of Christ in words and in deeds. As I understand, these terms of agreement, so to speak, are for all who believe in Jesus as the Messiah. These terms are plainly written in the Old Testament – Deut 18:15-19 and later re-emphasized by the Apostle Peter in the New Testament – Acts 3:13-26//Mt 17:1-6//2 Peter 1:16-21. God has great reward in store of those who will believe and faithfully comply with His terms – forgiveness of sins, protection from the evil one and eternal life (Jn 5:24//Jn 10:27-29//Jn 12:26).
    I believe your message is a good reminder to church leaders who do not explain fully about God’s terms or on becoming a disciple when preaching the gospel. (Mk 8:34-38; Lk 14:25-35; Lk 9:57-62). Thank you.

  5. Our Daily Bread says:

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    1. bondserve says:

      What a tremendous blessing today’s devotion is to me! As a devotional writer myself, I search for these simple, yet powerful ways to share the good news of Jesus with others. I think we can all relate to the dizzying legalese contained in those service agreements. And I pray that all will accept Jesus’ limited time offer of grace, love and forgiveness.

      Blessings! Author of “Meet Him on the Mountain”.

  6. poohpity says:

    “Truth discovered is more powerful than truth taught.” —Dr Sid Buzzell Doesn’t that fit for this “Terms Of Service” unless we discover our own condition and the forgiveness, grace and mercy we have received (Truth discovered) I find it difficult to give something away that I think I have earned rather than it being a wonderful gift to share. People teach it with words but unless one has experienced His amazing grace they seem to forget just exactly what the Lord did for them by holding others to such high standards that they themselves are unable to live up to.

    1. ibukunoluwa12 says:

      Great insight, especially ur concluding sentence.

  7. sandy229 says:

    Sometimes you just have to walk away as much as it hurts because by this you are showing them that you are not like them. You have been set free and you are showing them no matter what you will not conform to this world. Let them see Jesus in you. I know it’s easier said than done but they will notice and wonder why you are not striking back and God will repay them for all their evil deeds against you.

  8. gblount says:

    I struggle with forgiving some one verbally.this individual has wrong me so greatly.i tried to follow the scriptures and in my heart I have forgiven this person.i tried talk to them but I receive nothing but insult /anger /bitterness .do I keep getting hurt by extending the olive branch or just walk away .

    1. berrylady says:

      To gblount: I am struggling through pain caused by another. I realize that our pain is mutual because in our “painful evevt” we hurt each other and she is dealing with pain, too. Focusing on the scripture about forgiveness is not enough for me. I am digging into scripture about God’s love for me and focusing on that. Psalms are particularly helpful. As I have been focusing on how much I am loved, I am finding an even deeper love for the one who hurt me. God’s agape love for us and for each other demands nothing in return. I am letting go of the need for her to choose to love me in return.

      1. His presence says:

        We all have hurts & I’ve heard many of times “hurt people, hurt people. we have to gives our cares & burden to Christ so we can start healing. Admiting our feelings to God, deal with our real issue. accept that people will let us down & can not be what we want them to be. Place boundaries on our dealings with others, demand respect but deal in love being patient & kind. It is not what we say or do, it is most often how we go about doing things & the motive of our Action.

        I have talked about people & yet when I found out they talked about me my FEELINGS were soooo hurt. But I had to ask myself why had I been so hurt? The characteristic of these people r obviously similar to me. Yet I was willing to be mad at them when they have done no more wrong then me. GOD HELP ME to work on myself! Help me to keep my mind spirit & attitude on u! I give myself away 2 u God!!!

  9. Our Daily Bread says:

    Hello Everyone,

    The way comments are posted to the website has changed, all comments will now read that they are ‘Awaiting Moderation’, that is standard for all comments with our new system. Please continue to use the comments for sharing what the Lord is teaching you and encouraging one another, we love to see how God uses this site to draw you closer to Him. Happy commenting!

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    1. Rocky says:

      ODB, When a comment is posted and this message ‘Awaiting Moderation’appears, does this mean that my comment will not be seen by others until it has been cleared?

      How long before my post will actually appear?

      Thank you

      Rocky

      1. Our Daily Bread says:

        That is correct. We currently are checking and approving comments about every half hour, though that is subject to change.

  10. hera says:

    To Bubbles, I too wonder about the rules of ‘waiting for moderation’. I used to be able to just write a post and it will appear immediately, but nowadays there is always that ‘waiting…’ message. At first I thought it’s because I wrote under the ‘reply’ button – it’s not, then I also thought because I put a smiley – not that either, and as far as I know, never post offensive post, I even checked the guideline again to see if I miss something..well I am still perplexed…

    1. Our Daily Bread says:

      Hi, Hera–We recently made a change to the commenting process so all comments will be moderated before they go live. Thanks for commenting!

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