Summary of the law

BethanySMC - Thursday, 17 November 2011 05:56

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Mat 7:12

If you were born in a Hebrew family, most likely the law and the prophets were something you began to learn from an early age. Ten Commandments plus hundreds more ceremonial laws that dealt with service, government, and relationship with God, and people – took years and years to learn. To make it simpler for all of us, Jesus summarizes the whole law in a few words.

If we look at these few words closely, we see a principle that substitutes the Old Testament written code of when and what to do, or what not to do, as well as how to conduct ourselves and relate to other. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them – should guide us through life as we go about our daily business. When properly applied, this principle can save you from many sins and preserve your blessing.

When you are about to make choice whether you should do something or not, stop for a moment and ask yourself: Will anyone suffer from my decision? Would you want to be in their shoes? Would you want people to do this to you all the time? If your answer is -yes- to all those questions your choice is most likely a good one!

This principle can also help you in your private life when no one seems to suffer from your decisions, but you. Let’s say you have a temptation to watch a dirty video or surf the internet for some filth, before you act on your temptation, consider if you would want your children to be those main actors? Would you want other people watching your sons or daughters committing those sins that you are about to enjoy. Sad to say, but those are real people, somebody’s sons, daughters, husbands, or wives- confused and lost, restless and heavy laden. In other words if you would not want your children to do what you do or someone to do this to your children – do not do it to others!

Application of this principle is as big as the Old Testament law – yet very simple. Apply it daily to your work, relationship with friends, parents, relatives, school, and church. Think of the consequences and consider if you want them for you or your family. If you want God to do something for you- do it to others. You want His forgiveness- forgive others, you need mercy – be merciful to others, you need help on time – look for a ways to help others.

David who spared Saul’s life many times understood this principle well:  behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in vthe eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

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