Exploring the Golden Rule from
the Sermon on the Mount
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So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.Matthew 7:12 ESV
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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
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What the late Reverend Billy Graham said about the Golden Rule, from his book
The Journey-How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World
“How different our lives would be if we actually practiced this!
Instead of ignoring people or treating them harshly, we’d handle them with respect and kindness.
Instead of manipulating them for our own purposes, we’d help them achieve what is best for them.
We’d also try to see life through their eyes. Most of all, we’d point them to Christ, for the greatest gift we can offer anyone is His salvation.”
(from Chapter 21-When Others Disappoint)
Other books by Billy Graham (these are affiliate links used to help this blog share the HEART of health)
Life Wisdom: Quotes from Billy Graham
The Enduring Classics of Billy Graham
Understanding the Golden Rule from desiringGod.org
Three Things Jesus Didn’t Say
Does this make you think differently about the Golden Rule, what it means, and how it plays out in your interactions with others?
Who has been “lavishly generous” to you?
Who have you helped to “achieve what is best for them”?
exploring the Golden Rule
In another post based on Matthew 7 I wrote
” She thought about a young man she knew whose life had gotten “sidetracked”, and suddenly realized her negative attitude toward him wasn’t helping. As she began thinking about him in a more positive way, she saw ways that his life could be turned around that she had not considered before. Her new attitude seemed to create an ability to see a new vision for his life that she hadn’t been able to before. “
10 thoughts on “Living and giving lavishly”
So many people today have the golden rule backward. They say (or act like) do unto others as they do unto me. That’s not biblical, and it’s certainly not what Jesus did while He was on this earth. Let’s follow His lead! Great post! Thanks for these reminders.
Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!
Thanks Patsy I appreciate the chance to share good words
I like this reminder of the Golden Rule! My personal takeaway is this beautiful definition of the Golden Rule as glorious overflow. Thank you!
Thank you, I’m glad you like it. Yes, I agree, if everyone practiced the Golden Rule it would create glorious overflow in the world.
How did you come up with the name for your blog? You don’t hear about watercress very often anymore.
Thanks for asking Callene. My maiden name is Cress, and when I found out that is a word in the dictionary I was intrigued . Watercress is one of several types of cress, edible green plants that grow near water and are nutritious. Water is vital to health. So since mine is a health blog, Watercress Words seemed to fit in several ways.
Your blog is new to me and I will review it. My grandchildren also have special needs, so I understand something of your journey.
Thanks for stopping by.
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Interesting. My Grandmother used to make me sandwiches with watercress but I have rarely heard it otherwise. It brings back fond memories.
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