Monday, August 29, 2011

What is the golden rule, you may ask?  Look up Matthew 7:12.  I’m going to give you this verse in several different translations.  Just a side-note, I’m not advocating all of these translations, but wanted to read this in different ways. 

KJV Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:

New King James Version Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.

New International Version So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you,

American Standard Version All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them:

Amplified Bible - So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them,

New American Standard "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you. 

English Standard Version So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.

The Message Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is what you get. 

Contemporary English Version Treat others, as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about. 

I like the way the last one reads – treat others, as you want them to treat you.  This is the heart of the golden rule, isn’t it?

Let’s say that you apply the Golden Rule in all of your daily interactions with other people, and you help your neighbors, you treat your family with kindness, you go the extra mile for your co-workers, and fellow Christians, you help a stranger in need.  Now, those actions will without a doubt be good for the people you help and are kind to … but you’ll also notice a strange thing. People will treat you better too. Beyond that, though, you will find a growing fulfillment in yourself, a belief in yourself, knowledge that you are a good person and a trust in yourself.  Those are good things, building your self-confidence!  And then, you’re able to do more!

The golden rule shouldn’t just be a segment of our life … the golden rule IS our way of life!

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