Tuesday, May 19, 2009

the golden rule

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7

To apply "the golden rule" given to us by Jesus takes wisdom. I'm reminded of Solomon's wisdom which- of course- was actually from God, a gift from him. And therefore available to us all, as we ask for it. Although we will have to grow in wisdom to approach the same kind of stature Solomon had in it. And remember Solomon's fall.

Is it always pleasant, what we do to another in this? No. Though it should always be done in love. Not that our love will be perfect, but because of seeking to do it in love we don't do certain things: like get angry, give them a piece of our mind, etc., while we will do other things: pray for them, pray for restoration and reconciliation as needed, speak pleasantly to them.

But we need to be looking out for their greatest good, which is conformity to Jesus. This is a high and difficult calling, and in the process of seeking to apply this "rule" of Jesus, we will often fall short ourselves, at least inside. But we need to press on, in humility, in gentleness, in realizing we are in this together, that we need each other.

And we must be applying this same rule to our own lives, which means we'll often have to go for what is more difficult for us, rather than the easy way out, or what comes naturally by old ingrained habit.

Of course applying this rule to others is done so in a host of pleasant ways, which involves every encounter we experience daily. Simple courtesies, refusing to judge another, refusing to jump to conclusions, listening well, etc. Here's an excellent description of a person who lives well by this rule.

What would you like to add to this?

6 comments:

simon said...

so true. today I was described as someone who does what is right, and yet it costs me money in business, as many take this as being a weakness....

nAncY said...

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2

Every Square Inch said...

I need this, Ted. I need to be reminded of these practical truths so that the practice of my faith has substance.

Thanks

Ted M. Gossard said...

Simon,
Sorry to hear of the loss. Too bad many take what is doing right as weakness. But integrity in business ought to mean more than making shareholders happy. An important point in this day and age.

Thanks for commenting. And lovely photos over at your blog. Ouch on the feet, but glad you can get hike in such an area.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Good verse. Yes, we need to walk in humility in all things.

Ted M. Gossard said...

ESI,
Your words remind me just how I can see people say things that overall show a solid belief in the faith, yet live in a way that has some glaring oversights. Me too on that, though mine can be well hidden. But God makes it come to the surface.

Yes, I like the way you word that. And thanks.