Matthew 7:12 - The Golden Rule.

Matthew 7:12: The Golden Rule. 

Matthew 7:12 (NIV) 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 (NLT) Do for others what you would like them to 
do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and 
the prophets. 


   That single sentence is perhaps the most famous statement 
Jesus ever made. It is the "Everest of Ethics," as one man put it. In 
some ways it is the cornerstone of true Christianity, certainly the 
capstone of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 
   I appreciate the positive emphasis. Instead of saying, "Don't 
do this," He says, "Do this." If you have wondered about how to get 
started in a lifetime of simple faith, here it is. 
	The principle? Modeling must accompany our message.
	You want to be forgiven? Forgive.
	You need affirmation? Affirm.
	You feel hurt, wounded, broken, and could stand a gentle 
touch? Be gentle with others. 
	You have discovered the value of tact when something 
sensitive needed to be addressed? Be tactful. 
   The examples are endless. Unfortunately, models of such 
greathearted behavior are rare. Is it any wonder the non-Christian world 
looks with suspicion in our direction? 
   The best part of the whole principle? It is so simple. Living 
by the Golden Rule prevents the need for laying down an endless 
list of little rules and regulations to govern conduct. Just put 
yourself in the other person's place and think, What is it I would need 
if I were him or her? And then? Do it. When you do, you will 
fulfill the essence of "the Law and the Prophets." 
   Do you know the greatest message we can deliver? It is the 
message of Christlike character. No message on earth is more needed or 
more powerful. 
   You want to impact your family, your church, your community, 
your place of employment? You want to make a difference in the life 
of your mate, a family member, a friend (Christian or not), some 
person in the workplace? Demonstrate the characteristics of Christ. 
   It has been said that the only Bible most folks ever read is 
the daily life of the Christian. If that is true, I believe the 
world needs a revised version. Our problem is not that too many of us 
are being ignored; it's that we are all being observed! 
   Words fitly spoken are powerful, but they are nothing 
compared to the power of a life fitly lived. 
   The very best way to impact the lives of those around you is 
to demonstrate the characteristics of Christ. [Chuck Swindoll 


The so-called Golden Rule is found in negative form in rabbinic 
Judaism and also in Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. It occurred in 
various forms in Greek and Roman ethical teaching. Jesus stated it in 
positive form. [NIV SB] 

This is commonly known as the Golden Rule. In many religions it 
is stated negatively: Dont do to others what you dont want 
done to you. By stating it positively, Jesus made it more 
significant. It is not very hard to refrain from harming others; it is much 
more difficult to take the initiative in doing something good for 
them. The Golden Rule as Jesus formulated it is the foundation of 
active goodness and mercy - the kind of love God shows to us every day. 
Think of a good and merciful action you can take today. [Life 
Application SB] 

It is worthy of note that Jesus transformed a negative precept 
into a positive one. Herein lies the essential difference between 
Christianity and all false religious systems, and between true Christianity 
and that which consists in the form of religion but denies the vital 
power of the gospel. The golden rule takes supreme selfishness, what 
we would like others to do for us, and transforms it into supreme 
selflessness, what we are to do for others. This is the glory of Christianity. 
This is the life of Christ lived out in those who follow Him and bear 
His name. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

This verse, commonly called the Golden Rule or the 
principle of reciprocity, sums up all the moral and ethical requirements. 
[Believers SB] 

The golden rule summarizes the obligations of the second table 
of the Decalogue, and is another statement of the great principle 
of loving our neighbor (see Matt. 19:16"19; 22:39, 40; cf. 1 John 
4:21). Only those who make the golden rule their law of life and 
practice can expect admission to the kingdom of glory. Our attitude 
toward our fellow men is an infallible index of our attitude toward God 
(see 1 John 3:14"16). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

The golden rule teaches, by implication, the same truth which is 
taught elsewhere in the Sermon on the Mount, that "with what measure ye 
mete, it shall be measured to you again." That which we do to others, 
whether it be good or evil, will surely react upon ourselves, in 
blessing or in cursing. Whatever we give, we shall receive again. The 
earthly blessings which we impart to others may be, and often are, 
repaid in kind. What we give does, in time of need, often come back to 
us in fourfold measure in the coin of the realm. But, besides this, 
all gifts are repaid, even in this life, in the fuller inflowing of 
His love, which is the sum of all heaven's glory and its treasure. 
And evil imparted also returns again. Everyone who has been free to 
condemn or discourage, will in his own experience be brought over the 
ground where he has caused others to pass; he will feel what they have 
suffered because of his want of sympathy and tenderness.  {MB 136} 

The golden rule is the principle of true courtesy, and its 
truest illustration is seen in the life and character of Jesus. Oh, 
what rays of softness and beauty shone forth in the daily life of our 
Saviour! What sweetness flowed from His very presence! The same spirit 
will be revealed in His children. Those with whom Christ dwells will 
be surrounded with a divine atmosphere. {MB 135} 


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