The Golden Rule
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
– Luke 6:31 (NIV)
Most people creatively rewrite the Golden Rule. Politicians have their own rendering: “Do unto others before they do unto you.”
And everybody in the business world knows the famous corporate version: “Whoever owns the gold gets to make the rules.”
But those, of course, are corruptions of the Golden Rule that Jesus articulated in one of the most widely quoted Bible verses in the world. In what has been called the Mount Everest of ethics, the uppermost peak of the greatest sermon in history, Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount,
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. — Matthew 7:12
What’s more, He wasn’t saying that we should abide by this rule only when we feel like it, through random acts of kindness expressed on a whim, but that this should become a day-in, day-out lifestyle of compassion and caring.
It’s this sweeping and counter-cultural quality that makes the Golden Rule so incredibly outrageous. In fact, just imagine what the world would be like if everyone were to live by it.
Yet the world isn’t like that because of sin: we’re primarily selfish people who are preoccupied with our own well-being.
As Christ followers supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can help change a little corner of our world if we put the rule into action.
How do we do that? We frequently need to re-calibrate our perspective. In a world that all too frequently revolves around selfish agenda, you’ve got to purposefully reorient your attitude on a regular basis if you’ll ever going to follow this outlandish teaching of Jesus.
Dear Lord God, help me to think about the things that honor You. May I walk in love all the days of my life. May I treat others according to your word and not according to the world. In Jesus Name. Amen