“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
Have you ever heard about the Golden Rule? No, unfortunately, it is not a ‘how to get rich’ scheme! It is simply, as Jesus says, the ‘essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets’. Doing to others what you would want them to do to you, is putting together all of the things God wants us to do and all He doesn’t want us to do, into one manageable and simple lifestyle and spiritual discipline.
Yet notice that Jesus’ command is pro-active. He says ‘do to others whatever you would like them to do to you’!! We shouldn’t just wait for others to do good to us, then give back to them. We should love first without expecting love back, be generous without expecting generosity, be kind without expecting kindness back.
When we live out this ‘Golden Rule’ in our lives, we begin to see Christ-like characteristics in us and through us. If we live with Christ as our foundation, the solid rock on whom our faith is built, then these ‘Christ-like’ characteristics will become a natural part of our life. We will become sure of our place in His Kingdom, our worth in Him and we won’t need to live in fear.
Live out the Golden rule in all you do, and watch the wealth of His Kingdom, enrich your life.