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Aug 04, 2018

Follow the Golden Rule

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Two simple rules can revolutionise a person’s life and our society. The first is treating God as we want God to treat us and the second is treating others as we want others to treat us. The term ‘golden rule’ is never mentioned anywhere in the scripture, but it is always tied to Matthew 7:12, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. “This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. This is probably the most well-known statement Jesus ever said. It is the summit of ethics, behaviour, righteousness, and godliness.
 
It is a very practical statement of God’s love that is, God has done to us just as He wants us to do to Him. The golden rule reveals the heart of God. It shows us exactly how God’s heart longs for us to live and act. It is a simple statement revealing what love really is and what life in a perfect world is like. If people followed the golden rule it would transform the world. The golden rule is a one sentence statement that embraces all human behaviour.
 
It demands true justice: insists that men be treated justly in all situations. It includes real love; insists that men actively do good and even go beyond and do more than good. It teaches the whole law: insists that men do all that the law teaches. It is not enough to know the golden rule. We must live it. If anyone on this planet is hungry, then I would experience that hunger as my own. It would force me to take action to change that as quickly as I can. If there is one thing that stimulates action towards change, it is suffering.
 
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