Monday 18th January 2021
THE Golden Rule
Pastor Soong Kok Kee
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.”
This 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. But our Lord puts it here in its positive form.
Confucius said, “Do nothing to your neighbor which afterward you would not have your neighbor do to you” (Mahabharata XIII.5571). William Hendriksen in commenting on this says it simply means do not kill your neighbor and do not steal his marriage partner or his property, for you would not like to have him do this to you either, so, leave your neighbor severely alone. So, the negative form then is do not do anything to your neighbors that you would not want them to do to you.
But the golden rule here teaches us to be proactive – do to others what you would want them to do to you. What do I want people to do to me when I make a mistake? I would want them to forgive me. What do I want people to do to me when I mess up my life? I would want them to give me another chance. What do I want people to do to me when I feel hurt and lonely? I would want them to comfort me, visit me, call me, hug me and cry with me. What do I want people to do to me when I need the basic necessities of life? I would want them to give me a piece of bread, a glass of water to quench my hunger and my thirst. If that is what we want people to do to us my brothers and sisters, our Lord says in this golden rule, then we all need to go out there to do all that.
No wonder our Lord also taught in Matthew 25: 37-40 “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The answer given was “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
So my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, to believe and become a Christian is the easy part, to live out the life of a Christian is the hard part. So let us ask our Lord for the courage, boldness and faith to live the life of a Christian in this pandemic times of the world. Let us all go out there to live out the Golden Rule to do to others what we want them to do to us. Let us touch as many lives as we can in the name of our Lord, for His glory and honor.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, we pray for courage and boldness to live out a life that will touch many lives for you. To be light and salt of the earth for your name’s sake. That the world may know that we are your disciples when we love one another and do to others, the world at large, what we want them to do to us. To love them with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray AMEN.
孔子说：“己所不欲，勿施於人”(摩诃婆罗多Mahabharata十三.5571)。威廉·亨德里克森(William Hendriksen) 对此发表评论时表示，这只意味着不要杀害您的邻居，也不要偷走他的婚姻伴侣或财产，因为您也不想让他也这样对您。因此，请绝对别干扰您的邻居。所以，否定的形式是不要对您的邻居做任何您不希望他们对您做的事情。
难怪我们的主也在马太福音25:37-40中教导我们：“主啊，我们什么时候见你饿了，给你吃，渴了，给你喝？什么时候见你作客旅，留你住，或是赤身露体，给你穿？又什么时候见你病了，或是在监里，来看你呢？” 主给的答案是 “我实在告诉你们：这些事你们既作在我这弟兄中一个最小的身上，就是作在我身上了。”