Living By the Golden Rule
Living by the Golden Rule affects our ability to renew our mind and conscience just like judging does. We ‘do’ and ‘speak’ what we ‘think’ or believe. What is in our heart and mind comes out in our words and actions. Our mind tells our conscience what we believe is right and wrong and the conscience then sets its alarms accordingly.
“In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you’d want them to treat you, for that is the essence of all the teachings of the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 TPT
Your conscience is your alarm. If you are being unloving to someone, it will let you know IF you have adopted the Golden Rule as one of your core beliefs.
Judging Others Violates the Golden Rule
Judging people is one example of failing to ‘do to others what you would have them do to you.’ I don’t like being judged. However, I am pretty good at judging others. Just in case you are still unclear about whether or not we should turn into judges, here are some scriptures.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and [a]by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5 NASB
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:37-38 NASB
Jesus Kept Others From Judging the Woman Caught in Adultery
“but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.” Luke 8:1-8 NIV
“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister[ or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:11-12 NIV
We Have No Excuse for Judging
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?” Romans 2:1-3 NIV
The first three are Jesus speaking about judging. It is very clear that we are not to judge. I can set my own standards of living. I have things which constitute my life-view and world-view as well as my Spiritual standards. My mind knows what they are as does my conscience. When I begin to violate them, the alarm goes off as the conscience does its job!
Core Beliefs Matter
So, in relationship to the Golden Rule, your conscience will be your guide if this is truly a core belief. Core beliefs are the basis for how you live your life.
According to CCI Health, a government mental health authority in Washington, “Core beliefs are the very essence of how we see ourselves, other people, the world, and the future. Core beliefs develop over time, usually from childhood and through the experience of significant life-events or particular life-circumstances. Core beliefs are strongly held, rigid, and inflexible beliefs that are maintained by the tendency to focus on information that supports the belief and ignoring evidence that contradicts it.”
This could explain why change can be hard for us when we become Christians or are confronted with a sin we don’t believe is a sin! These beliefs which are held in our minds are enforced by our conscience.
Giving What You Don’t Want to Receive
Have you ever treated someone in a way you would NOT want to be treated? I have and the aftermath was not good. The guilt and pain were bad enough but knowing I could not undo the hurt I caused the other person was worse. Did my conscience prick me? Yes, but I ignored it. The Devotional will go into more detail on this aspect of our conscience and the Golden Rule.
Now, download the devotional for today and go to work on that mind and conscience! Remember – God is not judging you. He simply wants you to be renewed and find joy in your life.
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**We use verses from different Bible translations.
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