September 6, 2016
This caught my eye from the d365 Daily Devotion portion “think” by Jeremy Sims. It is based on the Gospel of Luke, chapter 6, verse 31 (“Treat others in the same way that you would want them to treat you.” New English Translation):
Here are some mantras of living from some of the world’s wisest:
What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. (Hillel)
Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state. (Confucius)
Do not do to others what would anger you if others did it to you. (Socrates)
What you would avoid suffering yourself, seek not to impose on others. (Epictetus)
Do you see the similarity? These are all versions of the Golden Rule that say, “Do not do to others…” Do you see how radical Jesus is? He says, “Do to others.” The brilliance of Jesus says that when we do consult our own interest and act toward our neighbor out of our own interest, we find ourselves delivered out of our own interest.
Quite a distinction Jesus makes from avoiding hurting others versus taking the initiative to be bold and DO for them as you would want done to you, isn’t it?!