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The Golden Rule

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Matthew 7:6, 12–14
 
Sun shining through trees in golden light
 
The Golden Rule is the heart of justice and of righteous behaviour.  The rule is “golden” because if we apply it in any situation, it becomes clear to us what we ought to do – it may not be easy, but we can see the right course of action.
 
Thinking about thsi rule can cure us of the blindness we often have when we get angry about what others do to us without realising that we do exactly the same to them.  But if we live by this rule we are sure to keep God’s commands and thus fulfil “the law and the prophets”.  Jesus links this to what he has just said about God’s goodness and generosity: if we keep the rule we are acting as true children of our heavenly father, who loves us however wicked we are and however often we reject him.
 
Lord, you call us to tret others as we would wish to be treated.  May we have the wisdom to remember this rule in our lives, and the strength to follow it, and so pass through the narrow gage that leads to eternal live with you.
 
Chris
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