Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 2nd, 2020
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 (NIV)
The Golden Rule
According to the website of Kingston Ontario lawyer Rory Fowler, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you,” that – or similar phrasing – describes the ‘Golden Rule’. Although many people might attribute the sentiment to Christianity – and, certainly, it does feature significantly in that ethos – it has taken on a secular importance. It describes a fundamental principle of equitable justice. It expresses a meaningful sentiment that, although we are not all identical or even equal in ability and standing, we should all strive for equitability.
Through Moses the Prophet, God gave to His people their legal code. In the Ten Commandments, God laid out the foundation for a civilization that would impact the whole world. Over the years, the Jewish legal experts managed to enshrine hundreds of other laws that were based on the original ten that God had given. By the time Jesus came to earth, the legal system in Israel had become burdensome and impossible to live by. So, when Jesus began to teach His followers, He simplified the law as much as possible. In Matthew 7:12 He taught, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” We have come to know this as the Golden Rule. If men and women could just put this into practice in everything we say and do, the world would be a much better place. Because of our sin, we are far too self-centred to consistently live by the Golden Rule. But those of us who have been redeemed through faith in Jesus Christ are empowered by the Holy Spirit to put it into practice. How can you do that today?
These have been words from the heart.