4.22.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 80. Golden rule.

Matthew 7:12….ready?

“‘In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Do unto others as you would have done unto you….

But Jesus…that one is really, really hard….do we have to? Um…yes. Read on about this verse.

Scripture. It is often referred to as the Golden Rule. A traditional English phrasing of this is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s easy for modern readers to forget how much Christ’s teachings changed the world, and how ingrained some of His ideas have become into western culture. This statement is vaguely similar to remarks made by other spiritual leaders in history, but it comes with a drastically different perspective.

Jesus was not the first to commend evaluating behavior in light of how you would want to be treated. Earlier Jewish and Greek teachers offer it, as well, as a negative statement: some form of “don’t do to anyone what you would not want done to you.” In almost all cases, this mostly implies that one ought to “do no harm,” meaning not to actively do evil. Jesus’ phrasing goes much further: positive action is part of the rule. God expects us to do—to actively pursue—that which we would like to see from others. This idea is expanded in Jesus’ later comments about the commandments of God (Matthew 22:34–40).

The fact that Jesus taught the Golden Rule endorses this principle as the will of God. Jesus also teaches here that this was the proper explanation behind the Law of Moses and God’s word to Israel through the prophets. God wants His people to treat others as they want to be treated. This is an incredibly helpful maxim, since it can be applied to most situations in life without need for a specific rule for every possible incident.

How are you practicing this rule today? No…really. Think about that.

9 Comments

  1. Jonathan B on April 22, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Remember that when you look in a mirror you see yourself not others. Words spoken cannot be taken back. Words unspoken can be corrected and reworded. Let God’s words flow thru you because you wouldn’t want harsh words spoken to you. This verse is tough but doable if we trust in our lord and savior. Have a blessed week.

  2. Peggy F on April 22, 2021 at 10:28 am

    ” Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”!!! Every letter from Paul started with this exhortation and greeting! How much more today, do we need to extend this grace and peace to each other, all we come into contact with, and to ourselves. Amen!

  3. Bruce B on April 22, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    The world is so upside down today that sometimes the things we do that are meant to bless others are misconstrued. But at the foot of the cross, we are all equal, so we keep marching ahead as best as we can.

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 27, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Bruce. Good word for sure. We are all equal and all need the redeeming love of Jesus.

  4. Patti S on April 23, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I have been thinking about this devotional quite a bit over the last two days.
    Where do we even begin with this ‘Golden Rule’.

    We are so broken…in the world…..in the church……in families…..within ourselves……………………….How do we even know how to do this, to love in this way?

    I don’t even know how to do this. Unless I look to Jesus and His love, what that looks like!
    How does He see me? When I think of Him looking on me in love, that is the way I want to see each person.

    Because of Him

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 27, 2021 at 10:45 am

      yes, so true. God looks on us in love, our response to that incredible love should be to look on others with love….easier said than done….

  5. Suzanne R on April 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    I actually had this happen to me at work. The teacher I work with, yelled at me in front of the whole class, and instead of yelling back, I spoke to her in a calm voice. I then left the room and, I will admit, lost my composure.

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 27, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Suzanne. For sure. You kept your cool though and set an example. Good stuff!

  6. Sherri H on April 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    i have done this before with a coworker that was being pretty hateful too me luckily i sat with my back to her so she couldnt see me get emotional i would go in the bathroom and have meltdowns she eventually got caught by a supervisor and emailed me she was sorry and i forgave her , i did know what she was going thru at the time and that did keep me from not retaliating, that definitely was a hard period in my life and trying to work too

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