We all know the golden rule. But not everybody is aware that it is written in the Bible. The Lord Jesus said it himself:
Matthew 7:12 New Living Translation
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
What more can we say if these words are still not clear to many? What better word would it take for the message to get through our hearts and mind?
Let us first connect the verse above to the verses below:
- Matthew 22:35 – New Living Translation
One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
- Galatians 5:14 New Living Translation
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Romans 13:10 New Living Translation
Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
And, for better understanding I’d include here the portion of 1 John 4 about Loving One Another. I will not add anything nor remove anything. These are words from the witness himself – the Apostle John. 1 John 4:7-20 New Living Translation
Loving One Another
7Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
10This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
12No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
13And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.
14Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
16We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
17And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
18Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
19We love each other because he loved us first.
20If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
21And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.
It may be a lengthy one but it’s very “meaty”. Its full of reason and command. Of all the virtues, put love – as mentioned in Colossians 3:14 NIV. For love binds them all in unity.
- New International Version
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Now let us love one another. For this is one of the greatest commandment.
Written 11/26/2016 by Mar Marilag