PRAISE AND POWER                               THE GOLDEN RULE                        September 21, 2019

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) Simply stated this is the so called “golden rule”: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This takes effort and forethought. It also gives a tangible measure for interactions with others. A person knows how he or she would like to be treated, so that is how he or she should treat others.

In light of the golden rule, let’s consider the first and second commandment. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37 – 39) The first commandment which God gave was that Israel was to love God with all the heart, soul and mind. Then the second was to love one’s neighbor as one loves himself. Certainly loving one’s neighbor would include doing unto the neighbor as he would have the neighbor treat himself.  I John 4:7, 8 tells us more: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” Again this account takes things further because in addition to doing, this says we are to love one another. Love is of God. God is love. Those who love know God. So as believers our treatment of others includes love.

A great and very practical place to begin the loving and doing is in our family. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; …” (Ephesians 5:25) Men who are married can begin to practice that love and that standard for doing at home with their wives. Let’s look at Ephesians 5:28, 29: “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: …” This is wonderful instruction for husbands with their wives. Jesus Christ loves the Church and still treats the members of the Church in like manner as husbands are to love and treat their wives. Jesus Christ laid down his life for the members of the Church. He so loved that he gave. Not to leave the wives out: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22) This is so wonderful because the husband and wife relationship illustrates proper behavior and gives a proving ground for proper treatment and love.

Ephesians 6 brings in proper behavior for children: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4) Children are to obey and honor their parents. Fathers are to not provoke their children unto wrath but to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. There is a lot of love involved in these instructions. The family provides a great proving ground for living love and doing to and for others as you would have them do unto you.

Philippians presents more instruction from God that can be practiced in the family, in the Church and among various others. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:3, 4) This says to look on, consider, not just your own things but also on the things of others. (Much like the golden rule.) Philippians 2:1, 2 says: “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Every believer is exhorted to have the same thoughts and opinions regarding God and His Word and to share the same love. This is that love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the holy spirit. (Romans 5:5)

Philippians 2:5 says: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: …” The account in Philippians goes on to say that Jesus Christ was obedient to God and His Word. The Word of God instructs people on how to love Him and others, to treat others and God by being obedient to God and His Word. The family, with husband, wife and children along with the Church, provides a great proving ground for these practices.

******************************************************************************************************************************“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life.  You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email: praisenpower@gmail.com  092119 ENB

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