Do unto others. . .

Matthew_7-12

The Verse of the Day for January 19, 2016 comes from the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus Christ expresses a command that has become known as the “Golden Rule.”

Matthew 7:12 (NLT):

“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.”

This admonition follows the section of Matthew known as “The Beatitudes,” described in this manner in a children’s scripture memory song:

The Beatitudes are the “Be Attitudes.”
They help us to see. They help us to be
All that God wants us to be.
We will be blessed and be a blessing in return
When we learn to follow the “Be Attitudes.”

Matthew 7:12 offers a guideline for human behavior that can be found in some of the writings of ancient civilizations as well. Other passages of Scripture also reiterate this same message:

Luke 6:31-36 (NLT)

31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you. ‎32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! ‎33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! ‎34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. ‎35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. ‎36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

In Matthew 22:40 the Lord points out that “The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments”: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Amplified Bible provides this exhortation which is a restatement of Romans 13:8-9:

8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love and seek the best for one another; for he who [unselfishly] loves his neighbor has fulfilled the [essence of the] law [relating to one’s fellowman]. 9 The commandments, “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET,” and any other commandment are summed up in this statement: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

In reflecting on these verses, we also recognize “The first and great commandment: To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Believers are further instructed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love God, first of all, and then love others to the same degree that we love ourselves, we fulfill the law of love which is the highest expression of God, who is love.

Finally, Galatians 5:14 puts it this way:

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus Christ, in addressing the multitude gathered to hear him, offers a profound one-sentence statement that embraces all human behavior whereby he expresses God’s desire for all humanity.

Taken from the Sermon on the Mount which begins with Matthew 5, the Beatitudes serve as a prelude to the admonition of Matthew 7:12. This familiar passage is dramatically recited in this video:

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One Response to “Do unto others. . .”

  1. Mollie Kaufman Says:

    Lonnell -Love the graphic video of the “Beatitudes” You’re a journalist and teacher “after my own heart.”

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