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
This is the passage we call the Golden Rule. Jesus said it sums up the rest of His commands for us to treat others in the manner we want to be treated. We all know this verse, but what does it mean to live it out practically in our lives?
We are by nature very selfish. We focus on what we want, how we want it, and the quickest means to arrive there. If you don’t believe me, just keep up with how many times you switch the conversation to a subject about you – try and get ahead of someone in line – think about yourself first. Living the golden rule means getting our attention off of ourselves and onto others. Listen to the words the Holy Spirit wrote through Paul’s hand in Philippians 2:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
Manners have become – in many ways – a thing of the past. This is unfortunate. If we are to live the Golden Rule – we must live carefully. Thinking before we speak – weigh our steps before we act – always conscious of how we affect others around us. This is especially difficult when it comes to reactions. Reactions can’t be planned like actions can.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20
So, the next time your run into your neighbor’s ox or sheep or donkey – or a bird along the way – ask yourself – What would I want them to do for me? …and do it.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor