Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

The Golden Rule
Written by Amelia   
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Apparently the term was coined somewhere in the mid 18th century by contemporary philosophers influenced by Christian traditions. And the verse that represents this Golden Rule is Matt 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.

In applying this principle I think one of the things that stand out is the need for compassion. To be compassionate means to be thoughtful, understanding, patient with one another and practice humility with regard to ourselves. Love is the driving force behind your actions. But what does it really mean to show this compassion? Basically our lives evolved around work, home, church and play. Within these institutions we come face to face with people. In people, we have to deal with the issue of relationships. And this is where compassion very often must play a role.

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The expert of the
law answered this;

"Love the Lord
your God
with all your heart
and with all
your soul
and with all
your strength
and with all
your mind and,
Love your neighbor
as yourself."

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How do we deal with a subordinate who is recalcitrant? Do we just show our authority and position by dealing with him harshly? How do we deal with parents who are difficult? How do we deal with friends who can sometimes also be difficult? Do we keep insisting on our ways? How do we deal with our ego of wanting to be right all the time?

How do we convey a disagreement with our fellow brother or sister in church? Do we speak rudely? Do we quarrel and fight? Do we put him or her down just because we want our views to be accepted?

In all these, do we show compassion along with discipline or action? For if we fail to show compassion, be it to our own fellow believers and non-believers, we will be like the Priest and the Levite who left the poor man who had been robbed and left for dead by the robbers (Luke 10:25-37 ). Jesus was asked by an expert of the Law what he had do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked him in return what he thought he should do. The expert of the law answered this; "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself."

Very often we are like this expert of the law. We know what we should do. It is the execution that is difficult. Harsh words very often come out of our mouths when we deal with the people around us. To be compassionate means going out of the way, exercising patience and very often other resources as well. Sometimes it takes up a lot of time to deal with it too. As what the Samaritan did. He had to make a detour. He left money and instructions with the inn keeper to make sure the man heals and any expenses incurred will be bore by him. It took a personal toll on him.

So, who do we reflect? The Priest? Or Levite? Or do we reflect the Samaritan?

Cos I’m sure if we are the one lying on the road, bleeding and helpless, we’d definitely want those who pass by to help us. Do unto others what you would have others do unto you…. quite apt that it is called The Golden Rule.

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