Our theme for this month: “Take Care of Each Other”
Our Bible verse for today: “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 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Live by the “Golden Rule”.
Currently at Oak Hill Baptist Church I’ve been preaching through the Gospel of Matthew on Sunday mornings. This Sunday we will complete what has been an in-depth study of the Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7). This past Sunday (February 2nd), we studied “The Golden Rule”, as taught by Jesus in Matthew 7:1-12. If you weren’t there for that, I encourage you to go to our website at www.oakhillbaptist.net, click on the “listen” tab, and listen to that sermon.
“The Golden Rule” is an important Biblical principle. It’s intended by God to simplify our understanding about how to live in a way that honors and pleases Him. “Treat others the way you would want them to treat you”. This is such an important principle that God has repeated it numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments. In Leviticus 19:18 Moses expressed it this way: “Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself.” In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus put it like this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
The Apostle Paul wrote about the Golden Rule too. In Romans 13:9-10 he explained, “The commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the Law.” And in Galatians 5:14 he wrote, “For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
I know a person who goes to great lengths to bless and care for others in need. A comment she often makes is, “This could be me. This could be my family. And if it was, I would want someone to help me. Therefore, I need to be willing to help them.”
Yes. That’s it exactly. “There but for the grace of God go I. This could be me. This could be my family. And if it was, I would want them to help me. So, I need to do for them what I would want them to do for me if the roles were reversed.”
I encourage you to live by the Golden Rule. It’s what Jesus has taught us to do.