“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”
This verse from the Gospel of Matthew is often referred to as “The Golden Rule.” I was reading something recently that said if we in the Church were to apply this rule with every person we encounter, it would change the Church for the better because it would change and transform us. In order to apply the Golden Rule, we must reach out and believe in the goodness of people, or as one writer has said, have the “spiritual audacity to believe in goodness.”
I also came across an acronym for the word “R.E.A.C.H.”
R: Receive the love of God
E: Educate ourselves and others on timeless values of our faith, such as we are all created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27); and that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39).
A: Apply your faith to daily life situations.
C: Care to show that you bear the Fruit of the Spirit, which we are told in Galatians is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
H: Hook another by expanding our circle of welcome, care, compassion and love.
May we apply the Golden Rule this week as we R.E.A.C.H. out to others in the places we live and work and have our being.