The Golden Rule
August 1, 2021
Golden Rule – Mark 12:28-31, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mark 12:28-31 “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
“Love your neighbor as yourself” is the Golden Rule.
What does this love look like?
The Greek word for “love” is “agape”
Ephesians 5:1-2 “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.”
The Barna Group
1. Someone who would listen without judgment.
2. Allow them to draw their own conclusions.
3. They want someone who has confidence in sharing their own perspective.
Earning the right to tell your story is important.
People all around us are looking for a friend.
“Who is my neighbor?”
Luke 10:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself”.
Luke 10:29b “And who is my neighbor?”.
Your neighbor is a group of people who God has placed around you where you live, work, and play.
Mark 10:13, 16 (TLB) “Once when some mothers were bringing their children to Jesus to blessthem, the disciples shooed them away, telling them not to bother him.”
Mark 10:14, 16 “Let the children come to me…Don’t send them away!” 16 “Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and he blessed them”.
Luke 19:1-4 “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way.”
Luke 19:9-10 “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”.
President John F. Kennedy “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”