The Golden Rule

July 10, 2019

I heard an older adult once comment how much kinder people were when they lived by the Golden Rule.  


What in the world is the Golden Rule?


I think the world believes that the Golden Rule is the principle that says, he who has the most gold rules.  Thus, the stress-filled pursuit to get rich.  However I have met some rich people who would pay any price for peace, contentment and joy.


The dictionary defines the Golden Rule as the principle of people treating others as they would like to be treated.  They note the Biblical quote of Jesus Christ from His sermon on the mount in Matthew 7: 12, “Do for others what you would like them to do for you.”


This is actually the second half of what Jesus called the first and greatest commandment of all, found in Mark 12: 29 – 31, “The most important commandment is this: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the one and only Lord.  And you must love the Lord you God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.  The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.  No other commandment is greater than these.”


Can you imagine a world full of people who follow that rule?  Can you imagine your home with family members who follow that rule?  


It is no wonder that the Bible says, “Great peace have they which love Thy law.”


- Pastor Jim