The Golden Rule

   Jesus once taught in front of a crowd of many, "whatever you wish that others would to to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets" in Matthew 7:12. We know this as The Golden Rule. Something I have not heard mentioned in a while, but believe that our society could stand to hear today.

Observation 1 - Whatever I wish for others to do to me, I do also for them.
   The word "whatever" can also be translated as "everything", thus implying the whole part, meaning, in everything do to others what I would have them do to me. If I should "wish" that someone be kind to me, then, I ought to be kind to them. If I should desire that another be respectful to me, I ought to be respectful to them. If I crave for other's to love me, then, I should love them. And so on.

Observation 2 - I should not wish for others to treat me a certain way and me not treat them the way I want to be treated.
    This is called selfishness and very much a form of pride. This says, I wish for you to treat me with respect without me respecting the person whom I want to be respected by. It says, I desire that you love me without me having to love you. It says, I desire you to help me without helping the person in return whom I desire help from. It is all about self without any care of the one you expect to receive from. What this comes down to is one being only a receiver, but never a giver, and expecting to receive from the world what he or she believes the world owes him or her. This is not Jesus' implication.

Observation 3 - Treating others the way you want to be treated is no guarantee you will be treated with the same treatment.
     This is big and often forgotten, especially among the brethren. It is forgotten because of our sense of pride and feeling that someone owe's us something. What I am trying to say is, because I treat someone respectfully does not mean they will respect me back. If I show love, it does not necessarily mean I will be greeted with the same emotion. If I help another, it does not imply they will help me in return.
     It is out of our control what other's do to us and how they treat us. We cannot control other's but we can control our-selves and how we treat others. It is a selfless act to give oneself to others with no guarantee you will be treated in return the same way. Truthfully, we should not expect to be treated as well as you may treat another, assuming you treat other's well. Jesus is the greatest example of this point, He loved all, but is not loved by all. And we are called to be followers of Him.

Question #1 - Why does Jesus instruct us in such a way?
Answer #1: Jesus answer's this question in this way, "this is the Law and the Prophets" in Matthew 7:12.
   Everything that God gave to Moses in the Law to give to Israel is summed up in this one statement: "whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them".  Every word spoken by the Prophets is summed up by this one statement: "whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them". In essence, the entire Old Testament can be summed up with that one phrase. This is what Moses and every Prophet was relaying the entire length of the Old Testament. Then we come to Jesus, who came to give us grace and truth, and He now teaches what our Father wishes us to do - do for others as I wish others would do for me.


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