The Golden RuleBro. David Chancellor
3/7/2004 6:00 PM
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Christ's commandments aren't written out like the law was. He spoke about life and how to live it. He didn't give us a list of rules to go by. He talked about how God would give us blessings. God wants to give us good things. He wants to give it to us even more than our parents do. Parents try to give their kids a good life. God wants us to have a good life. If God will do this for us, what should we do? After everything that he's done for us that we didn't deserve, we need to do good to others. This is called "The Golden Rule." It's given for us to live by.
Does anyone here not know what they like, or what they want, or how they like to be treated? This applies to us and how we treat others. Don't treat others like they treat you. The Golden Rule is given so that we can apply it to ourselves. Most people don't live by it. If you're living by the Golden Rule and like to boss people around, be willing to be bossed around. Treat others as you would like to be treated. This gives you a good measurement for your behavior. If you wouldn't like to be treated that way, don't treat others that way.
God knows everything about us. He knows if we're living by the Golden Rule. If you're demanding of others, be demanding of yourself. You can't be hard on others and easy on yourself. Following the golden rule is necessary. We'll be judged by how we live and the actions that we take. Consider how you live. We want to be like Jesus and to have the same qualities that he has. When a person progresses to completeness, they'll have achieved the likeness of the Master. We can be like Jesus. We can follow him and build the patter he left us into our lives.
There aren't too many people who want to be abused. Treating others as we like to be treated is a good measurement. It takes something within to treat others this way. The Golden Rule sums up the law and the prophets. While we might not understand the law and the prophets, we can understand the Golden Rule.
Life will give you daily lessons. You can learn a lot by being observant. We can learn without having to experience things. Are we doing things the way that we would want them to be done if we were on the other side? Christ didn't want us to worry about being taken advantage of.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
This is a little different wording, but it's the same message. Our actions are to be directed by what we feel to be right. Christ was trying to go beyond rules and regulations. This can apply to every situation. When it comes down to it, the message of Christ gets down to where we live. If someone treats you wrong, give them the chance to do it again. It means there may be a second time. This may be a hard saying, but this is how Christ dealt with us. He gave us more than one opportunity for salvation. Every sin crucifies Christ again. Christ let himself be hurt time and time again. Be careful what your attitude is when you get hurt. The Golden Rule is a rule for life. It's a simple rule, but it gets to the heart of the matter. It lets us know what we should do. We need to live by this rule. Many people know it, but they don't live by it. The Golden Rule doesn't talk about what someone else did. Apply it to your life.