Thought for Thursday

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

I was reading about a young woman who was very interested in a certain young man until he took her out to dinner. They went to a very nice restaurant, where the environment was excellent, the service was prompt and good, and where the food was delicious. Despite the courteous and pleasant service, the man found fault with everything and complained several times about minor details. He spoke harshly to the restaurant staff and insulted them. When he left, he gave a minuscule tip. After witnessing his selfish and demeaning performance, the young woman decided she would be better off without him. And so she would. The Lord Jesus, in today’s text, speaks of the righteousness of those who do as they would be done by.

The Golden Rule is important, far more important than we realize. We are so selfish by nature that we often fail to understand our responsibility to others. Fulfilling our responsibility to others is what the Lord Jesus was speaking of when He spoke these words. The Lord Jesus was our perfect Example in this. Everything He did was for others, fulfilling His Father’s will that He should offer Himself as our sacrifice. By following His example, we will discharge our responsibilities to those around us who are in need for us to treat them as we would want to be treated.

Consider the unsaved; what is our responsibility to them? If the roles were reversed, would we want them to witness to us, to make sure we heard the Gospel, to pray for us, to do everything possible to make sure we did not perish in our sins? Of course. Consider the Christians around us, what is our responsibility to them? If the roles were reversed, would we want them to be kind and considerate, to share with us their spiritual blessings, to seek our spiritual welfare, to pray for us and to care for us in loving ways? Of course. Consider those who are sick, or destitute, or grieving, or carrying great burdens of care, what is our responsibility to them? If the roles were reversed, would we want them to offer healing and comfort, compassion and caring, sharing and pouring out their hearts and purses to bring us comfort and relief? Of course. Consider those who happen to be around us in our daily activities, what is our responsibility to them? If the roles were reversed, would we want them to be pleasant, courteous, friendly, and considerate, displaying a spirit of Christ-likeness? Of course.

Treating others as they treat us is revenge. Treating others as unimportant is selfish. Treating others as we would be treated is right. -Jim MacIntosh

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