Matthew 7:12 is a great verse to remember among us Christians since it helps keep our feet planted firmly on the ground.
Take a look at this verse and let us reflect on the message of it on our lives.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12
The Message In Matthew 7:12
If John 3:16 serves as the heart of the Bible, Matthew 7:12 serves as its hands. It is what motions us to act and how we should go about doing it. This verse is basically the “Golden Rule.”
Before going further, there is a difference between the “Golden Rule” and a random act of kindness. A random act of kindness is usually only done when it is towards a friend or family if it is convenient to do it and if we are feeling generous or are in a good mood, or when we expect compensation for it.
The “Golden Rule,” or the message of Matthew 7:12, is different. What this verse is trying to say is that we have to love others all the time. Jesus even goes further as to say that we have to love our enemies, critics, and those who wish to persecute us.
Why? If we are only kind to a select few then how are we any different from our enemies or from vile people? That is what the verse is trying to address.
Admittedly this is a tall task; however, that is why we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We follow the example of Jesus and we borrow strength from the Holy Spirit and allow it to guide us in order for us to do what is right or proper.
We don’t have to necessarily like everyone but we need to treat them with respect or kindness. We treat others nicely because God has treated us nicely as well. We have been graced with respect and so we too should respect others.
To those who fail to appreciate the grace that God gives us every day, it is the same as denying Him and therefore our identity. If there are those out there that fail to follow the “Golden Rule” then do not spite them, instead of pity them as they have not felt God’s grace.
Vengeance is beneath us, just remember to pray for them and avoid getting pulled into their web of bitterness and spite.
Reflect on this verse’s message while listening to Aretha Franklin’s “Think.”