Jesus gave us 10 words to live by.
- 10 words to replace fulfill 10 commandments
- 10 words to replace fulfill 5 major books of the 4 Major Prophets
- 10 words to replace fulfill the ranting pleading of 12 Minor Prophets
- 10 words to replace fulfill the wisdom of Solomon
- 10 words to replace fulfill the inspiration of David
Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. ~ Matthew 7:12
The man on the street gets halfway to fulfilling this. Using natural wisdom they come close.
Parents tell their 4 year olds, “If you don’t want your sister to hit you, then don’t hit her.”
The Wall Street business tycoon twist it into “do it to them before they do it to you.”
But God’s wisdom runs so much deeper than man’s puddle of understanding.
Jesus asks you to demonstrate.
Jesus demands action on your part. It is never simply avoid evil, but do good.
It’s not, agree to go a mile as required, but double down and do more than is expected.
It’s not, don’t cheat your boss at work, but work as though Jesus was signing your paycheck.
It’s not, don’t persecute your enemies, but love your enemies.
This lifestyle – and it needs to be your lifestyle – will change every relationship you have.
There are three four aspects of Jesus’ Great Commandment that I want to poke at this morning, though volumes could, and have been said about this already.
First, notice that it is stated positively. It often get’s turned around into a “don’t do” rather than a “do.” That is a huge mistake. This is where natural wisdom goes logically and tragically wrong.
But the ‘Golden Rule’ we are considering is not natural law, it is a supernatural priority, and that is my second aspect. You cannot do this without the Spirit of God on the inside of you.
Third, unlike many of life’s battles that are played out in your mind, this one takes action. It does not say, "think the best," like Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13, it does not tell us to hope for the good of others. It tells us to do it. Treat them the way you want to be treated.
Finally, I want to make a suggestion of where to do it.
Yes, it belongs in the business place as Dave Ramsey says in his book, EntreLeadership.
Yes, it belongs in politics. Just imagine an election season where the candidates treated each other the way they wanted to be treated.
Yes it belongs in government! How we treat our poor, our rich, our ally nations, how we treat those who hate our nation.
How about on talk radio? What if the talking heads spoke about those they disagreed with, the way they would want to be talked about? What if their words were honoring, even though they disagreed?
Yes it belongs in your circle of friends. How much easier would it be to avoid that sinful plague of gossip is we treated others the way we want to be treated.
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