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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: What's So Golden About the Golden Rule?

By Ken Horn
April 10, 2011

Jesus spoke it as part of the Sermon on the Mount: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12, NKJV).

This is the “Gold Standard” for living in relationships, the way to live one’s life that benefits everybody.

And it’s not impossible. This kind of “doing” means that which benefits — not an indiscriminate fulfilling of selfish desires, but considering what’s truly good for your neighbor (or even your enemy).

You do what you’d have others do to you. For Christians, this means things that are consistent with God’s will. So you never give someone his wants if they go contrary to that will.

It may even mean “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) because you would want someone to show he cared enough about you to let you know when your actions were not Christlike.

What you give takes the receiver’s best interest at heart.

The Golden Rule is a principle for living and building relationships. It is not a burden or an exact science. It requires being in tune with God. Essentially, it indicates all your dealings with others should be conducted in the same spirit in which you would have them deal with you. (See 2 Corinthians 3:6.)

Here are four benefits of obeying the Golden Rule.

1. It’s healthy for you. It’s akin to the Law of Harvest, “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38); and the reap-what-you-sow principle (Galatians 6:7,8).

2. It benefits the needy. You don’t give to receive. You treat people right because they’re inherently valuable and God cares about them. You are called upon to live a life of generosity and grace.

3. It attracts observers and yields glory to God. When your light shines, God gets glory (Matthew 5:16). “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:8).

4. It pleases God. He’s pleased by our godly attitude and actions. God does love a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Ken Horn

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