“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
When I read nonfiction, I often start by searching the chapter for words and phrases the author has made bold or italicized. These are usually the main points the rest of the chapter is explaining.
Because I consider myself a straight-forward thinker, I find it helpful to know exactly what is being said before I read the rest. (I especially appreciate it when an author has enough self-confidence to imitate middle school essays, “What I will be writing about in this essay is…”
If the Sermon on the Mount was an essay, today’s text might be that statement. At the very least it would be in bold letters. “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” In this summary statement, Jesus teaches us how to love rather than simply fulfill obligations.
Much of this sermon is explaining how it is that we are to do this. Jesus offers a few ideas-radical ideas His followers should put into practice.
» Rather than divorcing politely, we pursue longevity
» Instead of retaliation, we should love our enemies
» We should consider our own standing before God before talking about someone else
Let these ideas be a reminder to examine our own heart today. Are we truly loving people like Jesus? Or are we treating them some other way?
Jesus, thank You for your unconditional love. You have forgiven me for so much! Help me to love other people unconditionally. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 John 3:11-18