“The Golden Rule” (also known as respect) has shown its face in so many ways. Confucius is known to have said, “Do not to others what you would not wish done to your-self.” Rabbi Hillel is attributed with saying, “What is hateful to you, do not do to anyone else.” And of course, we’ve all heard our mothers say, “If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all.”
In Matthew 7:12 we find Jesus’ version of the rule. While the meaning might be similar, the voicing and resulting implications are completely different. This is what Jesus said:
“So in everything, DO to others, what you would have them DO to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12, ESV).
The previous versions are all voiced in the negative. We’re told what we should avoid doing, so it’s not done to us. Jesus, on the other hand, voiced the rule in the positive. Jesus told us to do what we would wish others to do – that is, act in love. Jesus told us to do what we would wish others to do – that is, act in #love. #GoldenRule #Matthew7 Click To Tweet
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