The Golden Rule

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and prophets.

Matthew 7:12

This verse is famous as being the inspiration for “the golden rule:” do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  The golden rule is a golden rule for a reason.  There is a tremendous amount of wisdom is this verse.

Jesus told the people that this simple statement “is the law and the prophets.”  Think about a world in which this rule was actively followed by everyone.  Just imagine what a wonderful place it would be if people treated other people the way that they wanted to be treated.  Murders, rapes, and thefts would be eliminated.  Greed, deceit, and lying would be gone.  Nobody wants those things for themselves, but for some reason, many are willing to do them to others.  As long as we live in the world and as long as the Devil has his influence, we are never going to see that time, but think of all of society’s ills that could be quickly and easily solved.

Think of how wonderful our own lives would be if we would follow this simple advice.  We would be loving and forgiving and merciful.  We would try to help people in any way that we could.  We would be generous and kind.  Of course, we should be all of those things anyway.  As long as we have the old flesh nature to deal with, we are never going to be perfect and we are never going to follow this golden rule perfectly.  But what a difference it could make, both in our own lives and in the lives of those touched by our lives.

We need to remember this verse every day.  We are not to treat others how we would like to treat them or how they have treated us.  We are to treat them as we would like to be treated.  As always, Jesus Himself is our perfect example.  How are we doing following Him?

3 responses to this post.

  1. Loving the reminder to not treat people the way they have treated us. Thank you, Ben. Sometimes that one gets to tempting me. God bless you as you follow Him!

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  2. Thanks Ben

    “We are not to treat others how we would like to treat them or how they have treated us. We are to treat them as we would like to be treated. ”
    Great reminder.

    Someone told me that every major religion has a similar saying … can’t find ‘proof’ but it would be really interesting to hear the others.

    Blessings
    ann

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