What Jesus Did! 'Our Gold Standard:' — Luke 6:31

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Do for other people what you want them to do for you."
— Luke 6:31 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:31 NLT — "Do for other people what you want them to do for you."

Key Thought

Some principles are the center around which other principles turn. They capture the truth in a succinct, and yet profound, way. The "Golden Rule" is one of those principles. It is the gold standard of relationship principles. This short principle defines what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves and opens our motives and behaviors up to self-scrutiny. Now, if we will only go live this principle in every area of life ... like when we drive, or when we talk to family members, or when we are asked to forgive someone, or when we are ready to gossip or to condemn another's motives, or ....

Today's Prayer

Father, may my understanding of this profound principle be matched by my practice of it in my daily life. Move through your Holy Spirit in me to conform me more completely into the embodiment of this principle your Son both taught and lived. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 10:25-28
  • John 13:12-17
  • Ephesians 4:31-32


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.