Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What kind of good and merciful action can you take today?

"So in everything, Do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." -Jesus, Matthew 7:12

The Golden Rule.

But notice how Jesus makes it more significant by saying it positively.
This is a subtle but important distinction from the way many other religions and philosophers have stated it.
They state it negatively:
"Don't do to others what you don't want done to you." or some variation of this,
"Don't harm others if you don't want harm done to you"

Its not very hard to refrain from not harming others.
It is much more difficult to take the initiative in doing something good for them.

Jesus stated it as such and this serves as the foundation of active goodness and mercy.
This is the kind of love God shows us every day. 

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