Do Unto Others… You Complete The Sentence.

The Golden Rule means many things to many people, but it is most always thought of as doing good to others because we want to be treated the same. However, we fail to understand that there are two sides to everything, therefore we never consider anything as positive as the Golden Rule could have a negative side as well. But there is a deeper revelation to this command than many believe. The Golden Rule is like a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. If we do good for people, we shall receive good in return, but if we do people dirty, we can expect to be treated in the same manner. The Golden Rule states, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, “Treat them in a humane way and you will be treated humanely; mistreat them and you can expect to be mistreated in like manner.” 

Now let me give you an example of the negative side of the Golden Rule at work in the life of a famous Christian. Do you remember the story of the Apostle Paul pursuing Christians and casting them into jail, having them beaten, stoned and killed? What happened to him during his missionary journeys? He was beaten, cast into jail, stoned, left for dead,  and pursued by the very people he worked for before his conversion and he was eventually killed by the Romans who had allowed him to pursue God’s children. What he did to Christians before his conversion was exactly what happened to him after his conversion. What he sowed as a young man, he reaped in his old age. This is a clear picture of how the Golden Rule works. So it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, good or evil, young or old. What you do to other people is going to happen to you. You may as well prepare yourself to receive the harvest of what you’ve planted. I hope for your sake you are not a trouble maker in your church, or a backbiter, a slanderer, or doing things that are harmful to your fellow-man, because if you are, you are going to reap an abundant harvest of what you do to them.

I used to go into prisons to minister to the inmates many of whom had committed horrible crimes, and after their salvation, they would wonder why they were being turned down for parole when they went before the parole board even though they had been a Christian for many years. They didn’t understand the Golden Rule was at work in their life. They had been forgiven by God for their crimes, but not by man. What they had planted, they were now reaping. Jesus told Peter on the night He was arrested, “Put away your sword, those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” Jesus said this to Peter shortly after Peter had cut off the ear of one of the men who had come to arrest Jesus. Even though Peter thought he was doing a good thing in using his sword in trying to defend his Lord, Jesus told him to put the sword away because if he continued to use it against his fellow-man, the sword would be used against him.

Now that I have told you how the Golden Rule works, “How do you want to be treated? You complete the sentence…” If things are going on in your life you don’t understand; take a few minutes to look back into your past and you will understand why things are the way they are. That harvest time can be shorted by God, but I wouldn’t count on it. What you have sown is what you will be reaping. It’s a universal Law! DThrash

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