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It's called the Golden Rule, and those who apply it are as good as gold, too.
"Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." --New King James Version
"In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophet" --New International Version "Treat other people exactly as you would like to be treated by them-- this is the essence of all true religion." --J. B. Phillips Translation
Time to Dream
Here's your chance. What would you really appreciate from others? How would you like to be treated? How about breakfast in bed for starters! Quiet while you read the newspaper or study for a test? Maybe you just need some pleasantries instead of growls from those you meet. Think big! Just name it!
In your mind run down the list. How would you like to be treated--at home, school, work, on the highway, by your friends, when you are stuck, hurt, frustrated, or find yourself lost and afraid? How would you like people to respond toward you and handle your feelings?
Take your time. Relish the moment. Make some notes; get it on paper. This is an invitation to dream. You get to express yourself and lay out the perfect atmosphere in which to thrive and be all you can be. Go ahead. Describe those traits you desire in others. Jot down those strokes that make you purr?
Are you a bit suspicious now? Wondering what's up! Maybe you're thinking, "Why bother, because it's not going to happen anyway! No one's going to treat me special." But if you say that, you miss the point. You have it backwards!
The reason for all this dreaming is not to present your essay to friends and family and say, "Please treat me this way." The purpose is for you to take that dream and behave toward them accordingly! You are the intended giver, not the intended receiver. Well, you might have known there would be a catch!
This is what the Man said: "Do to others what you would have them do to you." Are we listening? This one verse fulfills the Law and the Prophets! It sums up all that is required of us. It's what true religion means. If we don't remember anything else Jesus said, surely we can remember this one sentence. And do it!
Forget conventional thought: Do to others what they do to you; or, do to others before they do to you. Neither is this verse the ancient, negative form that was generally accepted: Don't do to others what you would not like them to do to you. Which would be like saying, I won't steal from you because I don't want you to steal from me. It's old common sense, but not exactly what Jesus was teaching. Not doing anything to anybody would not fulfill Jesus' definition of righteousness. Doing no harm is not the same as doing something helpful.
Jesus gave the negative form a positive twist. "Just as you want others to do to you, you do the same to them!" By doing so, he reworked the ancient words until they became uniquely Christian. I am to do to others exactly what I would like them to do to me. It doesn't matter how the other person treats me. I am on the offensive, therefore I'm not paying someone back for what they did yesterday.
There's not much to discuss about this verse. Either we listen to Jesus' words, take them to heart, and do it. Or we don't.
These are suggestions. You get the idea. Think of other applications more suitable for yourself if you like. But by all means find a way to experience this simple, yet profound, teaching of Jesus, "Do to others as you would like them to do to you."
Why? Because Jesus said so, and that makes it powerful and life-giving. Of course, Jesus had in mind that we live this verse, not just one day, but everyday. Which means we become a doer and not a hearer only. That's very important because we're getting toward the end of this Sermon on the Mount where Jesus has some hard, discomforting words to say about people who hear his message but do nothing about it!
Are we listening?Are we doing?