“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Mathew 7:12).
This phrase of Jesus spoken during the Sermon on the Mount is referred to as the Golden Rule. I am curious how the world would react if the Golden Rule was enforced.
Consider how our lives would be if the way that we treat people determines the way others treat us in return. People would speak more encouragingly to each other and hesitate to raise their voice. Taking a drive in traffic would be easier, no longer being cut off at every angle. Even politicians would find a way to be polite.
How would this effect our Christian lives? How would church be different? Perhaps the visitors would receive special attention and be invited to a place of honor as guest. Christian groups would cease to gossip and slander one another over meaningless traditions.
Jesus warns us about the temptation to judge others and implies that the Golden Rule will also apply to judgment.
"Do not Judge, or you will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Mathew 7:1-2).
In a world plagued by hatred and envy, Jesus calls us to the principles of forgiveness. Jesus makes clear that we are to love our neighbor in thought and in deed. Treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated and judge him as you would have God judge you.