I wish I had a picture to share of the rulers used when I went to school. They were wooden and one side had the following words: Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You.
My generation memorized these words, perhaps from repetition from reading the phrase all the time, but more likely because we learned them early in Sunday School. Yes, friends, these words come directly from the Bible, specifically Matthew 7:12. Go ahead, I’ll wait while you look it up. With so many different versions of the Bible, the phrasing may vary, but the meaning is the same. Jesus went on to say, “for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
In Matthew 22:35-40 Jesus tells us the greatest commandments…and I won’t make you look this up!
35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
People have been using “the golden rule” through the centuries as a teaching tool. I’ve heard it used and twisted into jokes. But these words are not to be taken lightly. They are the words we should use to live by. It’s my belief that if everyone followed the golden rule, our world would not be in the turmoil it is today.
Love your neighbor as yourself. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This will not change the world, but the change will begin within you.