It Is a really simple rule that Jesus has given us here. He says that within it contains all the Law and the prophets commands. What a genius Jesus was.
Matthew 7:12 (New King James Version)
12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Have you ever had someone buy you a meal when you did not have a lot of money? Do you remember the feeling of eating that meal and how wonderful it was that you did not have to buy it?
This is what Jesus wants you to do for other people when you have money. He wants you to spend your time and resources on other people to give them a better quality of life.
There are so many people in your neighborhood that have real pressing needs that they are struggling to meet. It only takes a little research and a little kindness and thoughtfulness to affect a person’s life that would be very happy that you did.
Take today. At my community centre that caters for poor people a man was purchasing a coffee and a cup of tea for one dollar. I was at the counter also ordering a coffee and so I asked the lady in the kitchen to take it all out of my two dollars. The man was shocked and genuinely thankful.
Many times people have bought me an espresso coffee that costs $3.70, what was $1.00 to me one day after my day I was paid my pension.
This rule extends to all things. In fact, as Jesus says, if we do this we are living and abiding in Him.
If you like people to treat you with respect and not to judge you, this is the behavior that you should have with other people. We should accept people where they are in life without condemnation and judgment.
If we like people not to gossip about us and tell everyone our business, we should likewise not participate in gossip or talking about other people. When someone that we know wants to talk in a negative way about someone that we know, we should cut them off and say that we don’t want to hear any bad things about that person.
If we like people to give us praise for the good things that we do, we too should be people of praise that give people positive feedback on the things that they do.
If you don’t like sarcasm, even when people are doing it within a joke and laughing, you should not ever participate in it yourself, which would cut you from saying many jokes.
Even though this command is a little one, you can be sure that it has wider applications then just the ones that I have mentioned.
If you don’t like pressure from companies that you owe money to, you shouldn’t put pressure on people that you have loaned money to, to pay you back fast.
It just goes on and on. It applies to all aspects of life as you can imagine. I hope I have given you food for thought.