Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Here is what is commonly referred to as the golden rule. Oh, that we might all live by it! What a wonderful place this world would be! Here is the way of love expressed clearly and succinctly. We are naturally disposed to thinking of what is best for ourselves. We are constantly focused on what we need and what we would enjoy. Godly love expands this interest and focuses on the people around us.
We tend to think of this rule reactively, that is, we wait for some unfortunate thing to happen or some negative or troubling encounter, and then we think of what the loving response would be. But we can also think o this rule proactively, which means that we don’t need to wait for something bad to happen, but even when things are peaceful and good, we can be thinking of how to bring blessing into other people’s lives.
Lord, you have been so very good to me. You have blessed me with things I do not deserve, and have done so even when I was not seeking after you. Teach me the joy of loving others in this same way. Help me to show love, not only reactively, but proactively. Let me take the initiative to bring blessing to other people’s lives.