Golden Rule – July 18, 2016

At an early age, most of heard about the Golden Rule. Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them. Treat others the way you want to be treated. What you may not know is that Jesus Christ was the first one to speak these words in Matthew 7:12.

Matthew 7:12, So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

This is a simple principle,  yet we can forget, ignore or avoid the personal application to this great rule. Our thinking shifts to believe this truth applies to everyone else, but us.  This verse is based on one very simple truth, that the person you love most is yourself. Truth is, we always want to give ourselves the best, whether it is the best  phone, car, home, friends, opportunities… We always try to get the best within and sometimes outside of our means. We serve ourselves best at all times.

Then we hear this verse that says we are to give this personal level of love, commitment and satisfaction to everyone else despite their ethnicity, religion, or beliefs. Can you imagine a society that believed and pursued this level of love and care for one another? This is what Christ had in mind when He taught us to love others as ourselves.

Look around today. How can you live out the Golden Rule in your daily circumstances?

Let’s go make a difference.

Richard Hanks

Cottonwood Creek Intern with the Leadership Development Center