Do Unto Who?

"Do Unto Who?"

Kevin Patterson

A lady was bitten by a dog with rabies. Her minister, knowing that hydrophobia was an incurable disease, called on her and tactfully suggested that she write her will before the vicious disease took its toll. She agreed and began writing while he waited. She wrote and wrote and wrote. Finally, the preacher inquired about it. "Rather a long will, isn't it?" The lady replied, "Who's writing a will? This is a list of the people I intend to bite!"

Ever heard of the Golden Rule? It says, "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Simply put, we should do things to and for other people that we, in turn, would like done to and for us. However, as much as we do not like to admit it, this is easier said than done.

Now in recent times you may have heard the New and Improved Golden Rule. It says, "Do to others BEFORE or BECAUSE they do to you." Sound familiar? The reason this new rule might be so popular is that it appeals to what we naturally want to do. In other words, it's easier to do what makes us happy and comfortable than to do the same for others.

However, that is not what Jesus Christ taught. He not only said, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:39), but he also said, "Love your enemies" (Matt. 5:44). Now, I don't know about you, but that's hard! Sure, it's easy to love those who are loveable, but it's as hard as a brick wall to love those who do not return or even accept our love.

The lesson we have to learn and put into practice is simple. Jesus wants us to have the same selfless, unconditional love for everyone that he had almost 2,000 years ago when he died on a cross for you and me. All it takes is an attitude change!


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