The Golden Rule

“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)

whatever you wish that others would do to you. Versions of the “Golden Rule” existed before Christ, in the rabbinic writings and even in Hinduism and Buddhism. All of them cast the rule as a negative command, such as Rabbi Hillel’s version, “What is hateful to yourself do not to someone else.” Jesus made it a positive command, enriching its meaning and underscoring that this one imperative aptly summarizes the whole gist of the ethical principles contained in the Law and the Prophets.

Commentary from John MacArthur

And the key is that we are to do as we would have them do. It doesn’t necessarily mean they did, or they will. In fact, we may know they won’t. But that doesn’t change what we should do. Love doesn’t judge, and love doesn’t criticize. And love also reaches out and does to others what it would wish to be done to itself, even though it may know that it never will be done.

Excerpt from message by John MacArthur “Start Loving”