“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
What has been called the Golden Rule of Scripture completes and summarizes the Old Testament teaching. It places the emphasis on relationships and not rules. The religious leaders taught this in the negative form of not doing to others what you would not want done to yourself. However Jesus turns it round into a positive statement aiming for positive relationships and not negative fear.
This teaching can be placed right next to His commandments about love. Loving God, loving our neighbour, loving one another and loving our enemies are all things that we would like to see in others, and especially as they relate to us. Jesus is therefore telling us to start by being just that sort of person and to get on with the business of loving – just as He did. We do not need meetings and debates about what it means, for we know how we wish to be treated.
Society as we know it, both around us and around the world, seems to be singularly lacking in such qualities. Very often the opposite appears to be true. If we wish to see significant change then we all need to look at our own attitudes and actions. If we are guilty of destructive thoughts, negative words, rejecting actions, carelessness, thoughtlessness and a lack of understanding, compassion and reaching out concerning others then we will know where to begin.
What would you like someone to do for you today? Try doing it for someone else.
We can all make a difference.
The first step is always prayer. Pray for God to show you the truth, pray for healing and pray for love. Remember love is also a decision.
Father please show me where I am being unloving and unhelpful. Please fill me with more of Your love and help me to love others in positive and helpful ways. Amen