Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:12 (ESV)
I just walked outside and retrieved a plastic cup that had been thrown in my yard. Why are people so inconsiderate of others that they do this? Too often, I see people heaving their trash out the windows of their cars. They leave their shopping carts in the middle of the parking lot without taking them to the return bin. They knowingly get in the wrong lane so that they can push ahead of everyone who complied with the signs which said, "Lane closed ahead."
If I would think there were some really bad times coming to these people if I believed in karma. However, I don't. I don't even believe that they will be openly punished for their selfishness. I believe their selfishness is punishment enough.
Jesus gave the Golden Rule right after saying that God will good things to His children. He punctuates it with a command to do what you wished others would do for you. It is the law of love that prevails here so that those who do evil things to others do not love.
That may not seem too bad to some people. They think that this means that they also don't have the grief of serving people. They are partially right but they also lose love. You see, people generally love people who love them. They have a hard time loving people who do not exhibit love.
I know what you are thinking- Jesus loved but people did not love Him. That was because they really didn't know Him either. They saw Him as someone who opposed them and were taking away something that they thought was theirs. They hated Jesus because of who they perceived Him to be. They did not know He loved them.
People who express love to others are loved by those who recognize this love.
The Golden Rule is the best policy to have. It prevents loneliness. Those who genuinely love, and are not simply trying to manipulate others by their apparent acts of love, attract people. This is why those who get to know Jesus are so attracted to Him. Even those who never become believers are often attracted to Jesus. So often they refuse to believe because they have observed the unloving actions of those who claim to be His followers. They reject Him based on what they see in others.
So, the best policy in life is to love others all the time. Love them by doing what you wished they would do for you. Don't try to manipulate others for that isn't love. Genuinely, love them and you can expect that your prayers will be answered.
I dont' see a downside to this.