The Golden Rule

Do to others as you would like them to do to you. – Luke 6:31

The golden rule seems simple enough, you’ve heard it since childhood, but have you ever considered what it is that you want others to “do unto you”? Until you have discovered what you want, you cannot deliver it to others.

Everyone seems to want his or her share of attention and approval from you. Often, you are aware of needs that even they do not know they have, such as training, correction and motivation. The simplicity of the golden rule provides the essential wisdom you need to fairly divide your attention and approach your delivery.

Do for others what you would expect for yourself. This rule fits all situations. When you doubt whether or not you should address an issue, check if your behavior toward them is what you would want them to do to you. If we keep on biting and devouring one another, watch out or we will be destroyed by each other. So I say to you, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit.

Our minds and attitudes have a profound effect in shaping the way we live. The church at Philippi was characterized by divisions and selfishness, and the apostle Paul wrote to them saying “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself”(Phil.2:3) This can be done by putting into practice the ONE ANOTHER STATEMENTS of the New Testament, for example:

Love one another…….serve one another……bear one another’s burdens………be kind to one another………be subject to one another……..comfort one another………live in peace with one another……….confess sin to one another……be hospitable to one another.

Jesus was obedient to die for us out of love, now we are to be obedient to live for Him out of love.

by Rev. Barbara McFarlane


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