Commands of Christ: 26

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

This is actually one of the most quoted commands of Christ.  I often hear it applied as an issue of commission of negative actions rather than omission of positive actions.  In other words, I will hear a parent say, “Johnny, you shouldn’t hit people.  Would you like it if they hit you?”  It is perhaps even more challenging if we think of it in positive terms, such as “You should write a note of encouragement to Sue.  Wouldn’t you like it if someone wrote you a note of encouragement?”  Living a life that is pleasing to God is much more than simply avoiding doing bad things.  The life of service and love to which we have been called is one of constantly demonstrating love to those we encounter.  All of us like to be treated in that way.