TEXT: Matt. 7:12, Luke 6:31
Living simply is having life, being active and functioning as humans. If you are
aliveand living today, this message is to help you become active and functional
inexhibiting the tenets of Jesus Christ and bringing to life the examples of the
The principle of the Golden Rule implies regarding others as ourselves. What we
would want someone do to us. Lots of people in our world today have become naive
and self centered in many ways. Most people want to be treated specially while
themselves are looking down and despising others. This is not fair. Jesus while on
earth, took time to teach His disciples and audiences on God’s love as an identity of
During His discourse at the Mount, Jesus brought to the notice of His audience that
people are fond of reciprocating things. As it is today, we will want to give help to
someone who can also return same when we are in need of it. Jesus therefore pointed
out critical aspect of life to His audience by saying, ‘So then, whatever you desire that
others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up)
the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12). As a matter of fact, the Old Testament
emphasizes doing the right things to people at all times. Nobody was\is able to keep
the 10 commandments – (James 2:10-11). The 10 commandments which was handed
to the children of Israel by God through Moses is today summed up by God through
Jesus Christ into one Law of Love but in two folds; that is the Love of God and of
your neighbour or anyone as yourself (Mark 12:28-32; Romans 13:9-10). At that
time, people were told by Jesus that, they are not far from the Kingdom of God.
Thanks be to our God who has made us children of His Kingdom today. It will be a
misplacement of identity for Christians to disregard Instructions of Jesus.
- How would you like someone to treat you? Do you yourself treat someone in like manner? Please know that Jesus treated you with love while you were still a sinner.
- How would you feel when someone encourages or supports you? What do you think somebody would feel if you do same to him or her.
Many a times, we have witnessed how people are mistreated by others with
impunity. They feel their inhuman actions are normal. The truth is that such people
would not allow anybody do such things to them. We have seen this happen in our
society and in the Church.
Cases like: Back biting/gossip, conspiracy, false accusation, insult, assault, abuse,
prejudgment, murder and others are what l personally call stumbling blocks to
Christians’ Spiritual growth. Nobody would like to be back bitted, conspired against,
falsely accused, assaulted or abused. Nobody would like to be set up by his or her
own person (Galatians 5:13-14). How do we feel when we witness these things? Do
we take sides? or rebuke them? However, these things have been happening every
now and then in our families and in different congratulations. If we allow ourselves
into these, James wants us to know that, we have become lawbreakers (James 2:8-9).
Again, James the brother of Jesus wants us to know that God does not tempt with
evil (James 1:13-21). It is our evil desires that lead us to pull ourselves down.
Originally, this is not right for us.
HOW TO LIVE BY THE PRINCIPLE OF THE GOLDEN RULE
- Recognise that God is God
- Recognise that you’re just human
- Pray for Grace and wisdom
- Accept people as they are
- Show empathy and sympathy
- Know it could be you
- Correct wrongs with humility
- Speak the TRUTH in Love
- questions for clarification
- Avoid prejudices or prejudgments
- Do not retaliate or pay back evil for evil
- Move on if you are not treated as you should
- Discuss issues and humans
- Conduct daily self-examinations properly before bedtime.
In conclusion, Christians MUST stop the Push Him Down Syndrome (PhD) attitude
now. We MUST empty ourselves from all forms of worldliness. With humility, we
MUST see that other people are better than us. As you encourage someone today,
you shall surely be encouraged tomorrow. The Bible admonishes us that we will be
treated as we treat others. I believe that the Almighty God will instill in us His Word
to make us better children of His kingdom here on earth in Jesus Name, Amen
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO
SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. AKANINYENE D. AKPAN (MIN.)