The Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12 is one of the most famous statements of Jesus Christ. It tells us to treat others as we would want others to treat us. It is hopeful to think of or imagine what our community and world would be like if everyone followed this rule. Miss America’s dream of world peace would finally come to fruition. In such a world one would carefully consider every action thinking how that same action would affect others. It is a challenge for all of us. But, Jesus Christ does not stop there and as I heard from a fellow pastor here in town, Joey Barret at Coffeyville Church of Christ, Jesus Christ also has the Diamond Rule. Jesus not only asks us to treat others the way we wish to be treated, He asks, or demands, that even if someone does not only ignore the Golden Rule but is also outright hostile to us, that we still love them. Yes, Jesus tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. In doing so we are living out our Christian life with maturity and holiness in the same way God our Father loves all of His creation even those who spurn, hate and reject Him.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor1 and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew. 5:43-45
Love in Christ,
Pastor Doug Mund