Living the Golden Rule
- Date: April 9, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
- From No Greater Love
Whenever we begin to devalue what used to be valuable to us, we've overvalued ourselves. In other words, whenever there's schism, whenever there's division, when somebody begins to reprove me in love, to touch the little idols in my life, and I, now, don't want to hang around them anymore. I'm not going to receive their love.
What does that say of who we see ourselves to be? Are we teachable? Are we humble? Are we allowing the body to perform its ministry to bring edification to every member? We've overvalued ourselves. We think too highly of ourselves at the moment that we devalue anybody who's trying to minister the love of God to us. See, the love of God is more than just baking cakes for people and "Hi brother, how you doing?" There's no greater expression of the love of God and the love for the body than to let somebody minister to you, to be a recipient of the grace of God. Listen to what the Scripture goes on to say. John, Chapter 15, verse 12, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." See, God has commanded me to come and love you. The moment you push me away, you're bringing a disharmony in the body of Christ. I'm just trying to do what God commanded me to do. I'm here trying to love you and you're rejecting me, is an overvaluing of self. And I believe that this is something that we've got to watch here in this fellowship. We do a lot of stuff correctly. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." That's powerful. Where there is bittering envying and strife there's "every evil work." Now, what we've done is the same thing that we have done with certain types of sins. We've categorized strife: little strife, medium strife, big strife. What is strife? Well, one of the definitions is "expressed hatred." What is the word hatred? As we define it, and know one of the scriptural applications of the word hatred is what? To love less. To love less than what? Love your neighbor as yourself…. (Mark12:31). To hate is love less than I used to love, because now I'm loving myself; I'm preferring myself. "I used to love that person to such a degree that I poured time into their lives. I spoke to them things that edified. They spoke to me. We had relationship. And now something has caused us to get cross-wise with each other and I love them less."
You know what the Scripture says? Many times when someone is loved less it's because the other person is loved more. "For my love," Jesus said, "they have hated Me." "Are you so angry and violent because I tell you the truth?" Jesus said. You can see where we're going in this teaching. It's having a teachable spirit. It's being humble. It's allowing love to flow through this community the way that God intended it to. And then for all of us to allow love to flow means I have to be receptive! Do you want to be the person to stop the flow? Are you the person that is so much more important than everybody else? You know more than everybody else? "Nobody can speak into my life because I'm super-saint or because I have all of this knowledge." Love is worthless if it can't be expressed! It's worthless if it can't be applied. "And this is My commandment that you love one another, and you're to love one another to the degree that I have loved you." Pretty high calling. Now, Jesus gave this, one of the most profound statements of all time, and yet one of the most simple. The thought didn't find its expression first in Jesus and yet everyone gives Jesus the billing for this. But people were saying very similar things. The Greeks did and other religions have spoken similar things. Why is it, do you think, that it stuck and is actually identified with Christianity? The Golden Rule: Do unto other as you would have them do unto you. That didn't originate with Jesus.
The reason it's so attached to Jesus, today, is Christians are the only ones that have done it. It takes a regenerated person to habitually live the Golden Rule.