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The Golden Rule: Going for Gold

Go For GoldMatthew 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”(NIV) but how far should a person take this and apply what is termed the Golden Rule?

The brutal answer is all the way and as far as possible.  In applying the Golden Rule only the very best will do for the person giving, doing or helping someone else, it is after all “what you would have them do for you” and of course we, if we are honest want the best or better than the best.  It does therefore suggest that we should not just try to give or do our best or as much as we can, or think we can, but actually do so.  The world famous Nike advert that says “Just do it” really should apply to the Golden rule.

The Golden Rule: The Extra Mile

Go The Extra MileWhat is the Golden Rule?  The Golden Rule is a biblically based and very real way of treating others and yourself.  It is based on Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (KJV). 

The Golden Rule is really very simple, it is a biblical and proven law if you really look at it is something that in today’s instant gratification world is something that really seems to have been forgotten. The bible is littered with verses that suggest and indeed recommend doing good for others and being the servant leader and just before the chapter where the Golden Rule appears Matthew 5:41 says something that is a key part of the Golden Rule it reads “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”  The Message Bible expands on it a little more and makes sense of going the extra mile in a very modern world it reads “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”

Should the Golden Rule apply to your work life?

The Golden Rule is in fact a biblical rule. It is written in Matthew 7:12 “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (NKJV)  The Message Bible describes it as follows: “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”

Golden WorkThe Golden rule is termed a rule of thumb. A rule of thumb is defined in Wikipedia as “a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation. It is an easily learned and easily applied procedure for approximately calculating or recalling some value, or for making some determination.”   Being a rule of thumb therefore means it may not be accurate and it may also not be reliable. If this is so then why on earth do we want to follow it?

Golden Rule: Long Term Security

Gold Security KeyThe Golden Rule is a basic principle which should always be followed to ensure success in general or in a particular activity. It is a biblically based rule found in Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

The fact that this rule, this command as it was initially delivered has been around for so long, at least 2000 years, must have some precedence and there must at the very least be an element of truth.  And indeed the Golden Rule does have an element of truth; it has in fact a great deal of truth and truth that can be documented.

But the Golden Rule having been around for so long and lived by so many demonstrates one thing very clearly.  The fact the Golden Rule offers something not just here today and gone tomorrow but something that, like God Himself is the same today, yesterday and forever, offers long term security and comfort.  Doing to or for others as you would wish to have done to or for yourself indicates a person applying the Golden Rule truly expects, not demands but expects, some form of return in the future.  This optimistic view the Golden Rule automatically creates also creates something of much more value than just a return.

Golden Rule: Taking the Initiative

Golden Rule IitiativeIn The King James Bible Matthew 7:12 says “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (KJV).  The verse  suggests that you should do to others as you would like them to do you and the Message bible takes the verse a great deal more literally “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”

Who Is Matt Newnham and Why the Golden Rule?

Matt-Newnham

Matt Newnham lives in Cape Town, South Africa and that is a very long way from where he grew up, in fact where he is and what he is doing now is as good as being on a different planet, speaking a dialect that people of Earth do not understand and doing things that only perhaps a Martian would consider normal.