Monday, November 21, 2011

Love’s Equal Treatment

Matthew 7:12 Do for others what you would like them to do for you. (NLT)

Some rules I don’t agree with, but if established by authority figures I obey them. Others are not of the same opinion, and this is why our prisons brim. Rules are part of life, and we learn early on we must obey the ones established by parents, grandparents, teachers, and other significant adults. After we come of age, we must obey the rules of our employers, society and government. One rule common to many societies is the Golden Rule, but Jesus’ statement of it is unique. He gives it a positive spin while other philosophers coined it negatively and relegated it to reactions: Don’t repay others with the evil they do to you. Instead of passively reacting to bad treatment, Jesus encourages us to do good for others regardless of how they treat us. It’s not uncomplicated, but remembering God’s goodness to us makes it easier. As we consciously do good-regardless of race, culture or creed, we obey the Golden Rule.