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

Friday, April 7, 2023

[Jesus continued his teaching on our interactions with others, commanding,] "Do to others as you would like them to do to you."
— Luke 6:31 NLT

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 a commandment from Jesus that sets the gold standard of relationship principles. This short commandment from Jesus defines what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves [1] and opens our motives and behaviors up to self-scrutiny. Now, if we will only live this commandment in every area of life ... like when we drive, and when we talk to family members, and when we are asked to forgive someone, and when we are ready to gossip or to condemn another's motives, and ...

[1] Leviticus 19:18; Luke 10:25-37.

Today's Prayer

Father, may I truly and fully understand this profound commandment and obey it in every aspect of my daily life. Move through your Holy Spirit in me to conform me more completely into the embodiment of this commandment your Son both taught and lived. In his name, I pray, Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 10:25-28
  • John 13:12-17
  • Ephesians 4:31-32; Philippians 2:1-3


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Illustration of Luke 6:31 NLT — [Jesus continued his teaching on our interactions with others, commanding,] "Do to others as you would like them to do to you."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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