Summary: We need to treat others the way we want to be treated
Matt. 7:12-Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Living by the "Golden Rule" requires that we examine our own hearts.
II Corinthians 13:5-Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
Men-is used here but it includes all sexes, character, race, or religion. No one, whether friend or enemy, is excluded.
Do Also To Them-It requires action on our part, not just feelings. It is not enough to merely be sympathetic to or feel an interest in others.
THE LIST OF THINGS WE DESIRE:
To Demonstrate Love
To Be Shown Honor
To Be Forgiven
To Be Helped, When Needed!
To Be Truthful
To Be Loyal-No Backstabbers!
To Protect, From Things That Might Harm Us!
Earnestly Pray, Not As A Second Thought Into Their Prayer!
Be Courteous, Not Being Rude!
Now are we doing those things for others, if it doesn’t start in the house of God, then where does it start?
Those things that are our Pet Pees, we need to make sure that we aren’t behaving that way ourselves!
For this is the law and the prophets- Jesus’ words point out that the law demands a person to do these things, But His love (Inside The Believer) should cause a person to do these things anyway. THAT IT WOULD BE STANDARD PRACTICE!
Though this rule can be understood and remembered by the simplest mind, it contains more guidance than the sum total of every book ever written on the subject of morals.
When the first missionaries came to Alberta, Canada, they were savagely opposed by a young chief of the Cree Indians named Maskepetoon. But he responded to the gospel and accepted Christ. Shortly afterward, a member of the Blackfoot tribe killed his father. Maskepetoon rode into the village where the murderer lived and demanded that he be brought before him. Confronting the guilty man, he said, ’You have killed my father, so now you must be my father. You shall ride my best horse and wear my best clothes."
In utter amazement and remorse his enemy exclaimed, ’My son, now you have killed me!" He meant, of course, that the hate in his own heart had been completely erased by the forgiveness and kindness of the Indian chief.