The Sum of the Law

Jesus is a great teacher, and He gets down on our level to make it simple.  In Matthew 7:12, He says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  

Even though it is such a simple thought, childlike, it is really the most important thing for us to do, in making a difference for good in the world. It is love in action.

If you meditate on this one idea, it might change your life, and if you do it as a Christian, it will drive every point home that you’ve ever learned. 

Jesus loved, even when He was hated.  He wept with others who experienced sorrow.  He healed the brokenhearted, and lifted up those who were cast down.  He was exemplary at treating others better than Himself.  A role model, a mentor for us who are trying to follow Him.  

I know it is easy to follow these words as long as others treat us the same way, but when they return evil for good, it is way more difficult. I think of some good examples though, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Corrie Ten Boom who was a prisoner during the holocaust, and I think of the firefighters I’ve worked with who were willing to risk their lives to save others. I think of the EMT’s that face dangers every day, and love to help people.  

Maybe you know some heroes? That is what I think of when people care enormously about others.  

Just think, child abuse, murder, gossip, cheating, stealing, adultery, abortion, and many other hurtful things would be rare, if we just did this.

Let’s try to be good students of the greatest teacher that ever lived, and remember the sum of the Law.



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