What did Jesus say?
Do Unto Others
- Matthew 7:12 “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.”
In Other Text:
- Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
- Phillipians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
“Can’t we all just get along?” Well, we’d probably have a better chance of getting along if we all would remember one simple rule: “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.”
Would you like someone to bring chaos, anger, or bitterness into the room? Would you like someone to tell lies about you, gossip, or slander you? Would you like someone to criticize or belittle you? No? Then it is fairly safe to say that others in our lives don’t appreciate it when we behave this way, as well.
Galatians 5:19-23 shows us the stark difference between life guided by our flesh versus life submitted to the Holy Spirit within us. When we interact with others out of our flesh, we are likely to engage in selfish, hurtful words and actions. But when we submit our lives to the Spirit, then the fruit of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control” can flow freely into the lives of others. Whom will you be guided by this week?