“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12) has deservedly been given the moniker of “the Golden Rule”. Have you ever pondered how much priceless spiritual treasure is found in this worthy code of conduct?
It has the gold of superiority. As noted previously, there are four possible rules for human conduct—the Iron Rule, the Brass Rule, the Silver Rule, and the Golden Rule. (See yesterday’s post.) Only one elevates human existence to its highest levels of love and brotherhood. The Golden Rule is vastly superior to any of the other three
It has the gold of logic. The word “therefore” which begins the verse indicates it is a rational and accurate conclusion to the argument presented in the previous verses. Treating others as you want to be treated is the logical way righteous judgment manifests itself in your life.
It has the gold of simplicity. “Do unto others as you want them to do unto you” is eleven words. Eight of these words are one syllable; the other three have two syllables. In less than fifteen English syllables, the world’s greatest, most challenging code of conduct is stated. It is the epitome of simplicity.
What riches are found in this rule of life!