Luke 6:31 Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
This text is part of what is known as Jesus "Sermon on the Mount".
The words of this text is what we call "the golden rule". It reminds us to do to others what we expect in return.
If we could be honest for a moment, our nature (the part of our first father, Adam that is in us) opposes what Jesus tells us to do, but because we have been "born again", with the help of God's Holy Spirit who indwells us, we are able to do our best in obeying what Christ commands of us in His word in treating others the way we want to be treated.
How Are You Treating Others? This is a question we all need to daily ponder for we know in scripture we are told that we will reap what we sow.
People of God, the driving home point on today is do not do to others what you don’t want them to do to you.
There is a difference between what Christ teaches, the world exemplifies and other religions teaches.
The command of Christ to His people on today is that we are not to be like the world we live in where being unkind, mean, ugly, spiteful or hateful to others is the norm, but we are to do good and wish well to all, including our enemies.
No, Jesus is not saying for you to be a doormat to anyone, but that we are to show the love of Christ in all we do, then men will know that we are His disciples.
As the people of God, if we want to make a difference in this evil, unrestraint world in which we live, we must be the difference.
Luke 6:32 For if you love those who love you, what thanks do you receive? For even sinners love those who love them.
I believe that Jesus sets this example before us of the sinner who love those that love them to teach us to avoid this trap. Believe it or not, but many believing Christians love only those that love them and this is not Christ "golden rule" that is laid out in His Word for us to exemplify.
What has happened to the "golden rule" in our society or even our world, in our families, in our homes, in our work places, schools, etc? Where is it? The world in which we live exemplifies less and less of the "golden rule" everyday. What mattes the most is that the "golden rule" lives within our hearts and minds as the people of God?
People of God, love your enemies. Yes, I know it's hard, but this is what Christ calls us to do. Do good to those who spitefully use you, bless them and not curse them and by doing so we will be in the will of God for our lives.
Pray that God would convict and transform the minds and hearts of those who do not know Christ. Pray that through the power of God the Gospel unbelieving hearts and mind would be transformed .
As the people of God, we do not take revenge, but we show love, we pray and trust God through the process to work all things out for our good.
If our faith is truly grounded and rooted in the 'Word of God" the love of Christ will move us to putting forth every effort in not taking an eye for an eye approach with those who may have offended, wrong or done us injustice with intent against us.
The "Golden Rule"! Are you applying it daily in your life? Are you trying to?
People of God, let our goal as the God's people be that of love and not of evil, even against our enemies.
As Christ showed and still shows us love and mercy, let us also do the same unto others, including those who show us the opposite.
As you desire to be done unto you, do unto others for this is truly the "golden rule" that is laid out before us in this text on today by Jesus.
The "Golden Rule" is the believer's MANDATE.