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From the Pastor
July 14, 2020, 12:00 PM

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12 In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

What is therefore there for?  "Therefore," means that the Golden Rule is not an isolated ethical principle but is part of the Christian life.  It proceeds from the thorn of God and flows through us. It calls us to be gracious as our Heavenly Father is gracious.  Prayer provides us the liberty to do unto others because God has graciously done unto us. Matthew 7:12 is connected to Matthew 5:17 note the phrase found in both verses, "the Law and the Prophets." Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and we are called to live out the truth of Matthew 7:12.  The law and the prophets teach us to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  We love our neighbor by doing unto them as we want them to do unto us.