Devotional Text: Matthew 7: 7-14
Text: In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (vs. 12)
When I was a boy the local Coca Cola bottling company would give students with five As on their report card a six pack of Coke and a 12 inch ruler each grading period. On the back of the ruler was the Coca Cola logo. On the front, though, were the words “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This “Golden Rule” proliferated throughout my elementary school.
In His Sermon on the Mount one of Jesus’ teachings was that His followers should treat others as the disciples themselves wanted to be treated. They were not to treat others out of a sense of “getting even” or “giving them what they deserve.” The were to rise above the pettiness of others. In II Thessalonians Paul called the followers of Jesus–those who took Him seriously–the first fruits of God’s Kingdom.
We are called to be an example showing others how to find meaning in their lives. We are to respect others, even if they do not respect us. We are to care for others even if they do not care for us. We are not to be like others. We are to like Christ.
Lord, make me more and more in your image. Let me not keep score of wrongs done to me but to “do unto others as I would have them do unto me.” Amen.