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The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

So – where or when did we learn to behave? For me it was a combination of home life – Sunday School – and my second grade teacher. I must admit it took a village to tame me and even then I’m not sure they got the job done. I have always had a little rebellious streak in me. There are a number of things I wish – in hind sight – I could go back and undo!

At home – in Sunday School – and in School (in my elementary school – Owensville Elementary – we said the Lord’s Prayer along with the Pledge of Allegiance before class began and said Grace before we ate lunch) – I learned The Golden Rule. It has been a standard for behavior – for our morals and values – even for non-religious folks – for as long as I can remember. We’ve all heard our Lord’s words – do unto others as you would have them do unto youeven if we didn’t know they were His words. Many of us were taught the Golden Rule growing up in Sunday School and/or at home. Do you remember it?

I remember – while growing up in Seat Pleasant – hearing some folks say it this way – do unto others before they do unto you. I know that is not how Jesus meant it – but on the street – they seem to have their own angle on everything. It was a get them before they get you mentality. Many people today seem to follow that quote rather than the one from Jesus.

The Golden Rule speaks to our heart and attitude. Are we always striving to do unto others as we would have them do unto us? Are we trying to walk as a follower of Jesus? Remember Sunday’s sermon! We are called to Imitate Christ. Our hearts and attitudes should be in line with Jesus and His life.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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July 31, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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