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The Golden Rule: Beaten Up But Not Defeated (Part 3 of 3)

Iron HeartIn this the final part of a 3 part true story that tested the human side of applying the Golden Rule in challenging circumstances one learns that love is what lies at the heart of Matthew 7:12 and all the teaching Jesus Christ and that in applying the Golden Rule, putting God first the outcome is always better.

It was tough being an ex-husband and father who saw his mother beaten to a pulp and then to find her at deaths very door having taken an overdose.  Circumstances like this change lives quite dramatically and put the doing for others and you would have done unto you principle to a test like no other. Three lives, three sets or emotions come together at a point where nobody wants them to or expects them to meet but only by applying the Golden Rule and believing that good will come from it can this be survived.

The Golden Rule: Beaten Up But Not Defeated (Part 2 of 3)

DivorceApplying Matthew Matthew 7:12 when everything seems so wrong, when circumstances say “don’t” and there are a host of reasons that can be found for not applying The Golden Rule is not easy. 

Divorce is a nasty life event, there is an almost Hollywood view on Divorce but the emotions of divorce in the real world are miles away from a glossy soap opera divorce or highly public celebrity divorce as seen in the tabloid press. Divorce is painful and when there are children involved more painful still.  Having to apply the Golden Rule with the one you once loved is perhaps the most challenging application of “Do unto others as you would have done unto you”.  Inside there is a level of bitterness, a seed planted by the Devil and one that he, the Devil, will use at every opportunity he can get.

The Golden Rule: Beaten Up But Not Defeated (Part 1 of 3)

Heart and SoulApplying the Golden Rule as Matthew 7:12 says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” New International Version (NIV) can be challenging but the rewards for doing so no matter what the circumstances are outstanding.  One must dig deep inside one’s heart and soul at times when the rule is to be applied under some circumstances and many of us will find ourselves in a position where this is required.

Forgiveness of Sin: The Living Mercy Seat of Christ

Instead of talking about the Golden Rule today I’d like to discuss Hebrews 9 which is one of the most challenging pieces of scriptures, but it is one that mentions Gold a great deal.  Gold was considered valuable, especially in Old Testament times and it was also considered a symbol of power and strength.  Hebrews 9 is a chapter not about Gold and not about riches, although it mentions copious amounts of the precious metal, but it is a verse about something far more far more valuable when considered fully and understood.

Mercy SeatHebrews 9 pretty much describes a ceremony for the forgiveness of sin.  Inside a very holy room inside a holy room sits a golden altar, gold because Gold was important and valuable and made people drop their jaw because of its awesomeness, and sat on this altar was the Ark of the Covenant.  The Ark of the Covenant was a gold box, again gold because it was a treasured and revered precious metal and this Ark contained three items that symbolised the failure of man, sin – your sin, my sin, anyone’s sin at the time.  The three items inside this gold chest were a “Gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant” each of which was representative of sin.

The Golden Rule: A Bitter Pill

Bitter PillDo unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Some of the most powerful words ever spoken and ever written.  Matthew 7:12 says just that and these words are referred to by many as the Golden Rule. 

In its application one would imagine that the Golden Rule is easy and even fun to follow and making it part of one’s life should therefore be simple.  The truth is often far from easy, simple or fun and there are times when one could be easily forgiven for giving the Golden Rule a miss and there are many, myself included who have said “just this once” when the thought of applying the Golden Rule just sat a little awkwardly. It is at this point where every one of us fails, few if any people are perfect at applying the Golden Rule and every one of us fails a great deal more times that we would truly hope for.

The Golden Rule: Finish the Job

Finish the JobThere is nothing worse than getting something that has not been finished. OK, perhaps there are a few masterpieces that are what they are because they are unfinished, in fact because they are unfinished they are actually more valuable – but if it was a current day portrait of you and your family the value lies in it being finished.  Famously there is also Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, something that experts discuss continuously and ask why it was left unfinished. And then of course there is my home town of Cape Town where we have the unfinished highway, an elevated freeway that was supposed to have flown over the lower part of the city but was left with a gap in the middle and never completed. Again, like many unfinished items it now has some value, perhaps more than it would have if it was completed as the unfinished highway is used by numerous TV and Film producers and brings in considerable income for the city of Cape Town.

Golden Rule: The Joy of Giving

Giving GiftsMatthew 7:12 says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  

Christmas is a time of giving, yes and receiving but essentially a time of giving. Those who follow the Golden Rule must absolutely love this time of year because it means they really can give and give and give because it is what they would expect others to do for them. True followers of the Golden Rule though are not like spoilt kids, spoilt kids give to expect something back and cry like babies when they don’t. True Golden Rule followers don’t expect others to give something back, sometimes they give knowing full well the recipient of their giving can never repay the gift. True Golden Rule followers know the secret to giving that many don’t.

The Golden Rule: All or Nothing

All Or NothingMatthew 7:12 is a tremendously powerful verse, it stirs up courage, mixes it with love and promises to deliver results that we as mere mortals can barely imagine if we can imagine at all.

The verse reads “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  And it is in “what you would have them do to you” that really stirs a person. What do we expect from others?  In the ideal world it would be their all or nothing.

The Golden Rule: Value

The Golden RuleGold, it is valuable and when something is valuable you tend to notice it and care of it. Anything Golden is considered important or special and that goes for rules and life.  And you need to know the Golden Rule.

What is the Golden Rule?

It is easy, selfless and anyone can and should follow and obey it. The Golden Rule is:

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

The Golden Rule: Be Thankful

Thank You GodMatthew 7:12 says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Hidden in that single verse lies almost every secret to your total success.  Well known books such a Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul are all summed up or all have the conclusion that is Matthew 7:12.  You can read self-help book upon self-help book until you are blue in the face and you will get the same conclusion each and every time.  Each time you get to the end and find yourself realising that Matthew 7:12 is the thread through the entire book but each book simple threads it differently and each book takes you down a different path to get to the same destination.