The Golden Ruleby Just Faith Life Team on 02/15/11
"He who has the gold, makes the rules."
When I told Bob I was writing a post about the golden rule, he quoted the above, then asked if maybe I meant the other one. He was joking with me, of course, but it strikes me as indicative of our lives that most people would refer to the above quote if asked,
"What is the golden rule?"
To me, this speaks sadly to the importance we, as a society, place upon wealth, influence, and the worldly system. I wonder if the man on the street today even knows there is another golden rule.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31 ( NIV ) Do to others as you would have them do to you.
There was a day, not that long ago, when kindness and consideration for others counted for something. There was a time when the qualities of selflessness and modesty were highly esteemed and sought after, speaking of strength of character and wisdom-even godliness.
Today, we push and strive to get ahead, considering any fall-out of harm or hurt to others- if we think of them at all-as the price that must be payed in the fight to the top. It is a war, a war with casualties, and we fight so we won't be one of them. Terms like "road rage" or even "sidewalk rage" are commonly understood and accepted as the way things are.
Common courtesy has no place in a war. It is a thing of the past. In the process we have lost the ability to turn it off-to rest.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Such a simple statement, yet, it says all that needs to be said about how we are to conduct our lives in regards to our relationships with others. Consideration of others in this way is opposite of the way the world acts. The world's way is full of anger, bitterness, and self-serving. God's way of others-serving is full of blessing and peace.
Join with me in prayer:
Lord Jesus, help me today to treat others the way I want them to treat me. Help me to put aside anger and unforgiveness and show kindness to the people in my life today.
Ephesians 4:31-32 ( MSNT ) Let all bitterness and all passionate feeling, all anger and loud insulting language, be unknown among you—and also every kind of malice. On the contrary learn to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you.
James 3:13-18 ( MSNT ) Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man? Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit. But if in your hearts you have bitter feelings of envy and rivalry, do not speak boastfully and falsely, in defiance of the truth. That is not the wisdom which comes down from above: it belongs to earth, to the unspiritual nature, and to evil spirits. For where envy and rivalry are, there also are unrest and every vile deed.
The wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceful, courteous, not self-willed, full of compassion and kind actions, free from favoritism and from all insincerity. And peace, for those who strive for peace, is the seed of which the harvest is righteousness.