Exploring the Golden Rule from the Sermon on the Mount
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Matthew 7:12 ESV
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
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Matthew 7:12 NIV
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
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The Golden Rule-from the late Reverend Billy Graham in his book
“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)
also 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
“The word so indicates that Jesus’s teaching is his conclusion from what he’s said previously. The entire Sermon on the Mount might be in view.
But it may be that Jesus is thinking more specifically of what he has just said, in Matthew 7:7–11
‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!’
There he tells his followers that God is their loving Father and always gives good things to those who ask.
Therefore, because God is so generous to us, we’re to be lavishly generous to others.
The Golden Rule is glorious overflow.”
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”?
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