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Online Bible Verses - Matthew Chapter 7: The Golden Rule

Updated on May 10, 2012

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12NIV

Christ laying it out in one sentence. This is the way we should be, so simple and easy in concept. Probably a reasonable statement that most people, regardless of their theological stance, would be able to agree here.

Treat others as you would like to be treated. If this were within man’s capability, things here on earth would be good. There would be little reason for God to be hands on in any way. He could just sit back and let us do our thing, we would be doing really well. Nations would share their wealth and technology, we would feed each other. Kings and rulers would care for their people. It would be great. Utopia would be reality.

The idea is out there for sure, well wishing people long for peace and harmony, for love of one another. But history tells us this hoped for state of goodness has escaped man’s capacity. Bible prophecy tells us the idea will persist, but will not be realized without God’s intercession.

What does that say for each of us? We have the ability to choose how to be. Personal experience tells me I cannot love in a perfect way, but I can invite God to bring it out of me. Credit good to Him, and ask for His work to be done via gifts and potential He has blessed me with. Glorify Him in whatever good I can do on His behalf. Get to work because He is good, versus working to achieve what I cannot.

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