Kingdom | Relationship | Reciprocity

 

KINGDOM LAW / GOLDEN RULE

What kingdom law is at the heart of all relationships? (Matt. 7:12)

Jesus Christ gave a law that is so profound that it should be adopted by every society. It is the law of reciprocity. We have used the term “law” because it is a universal principle: “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matt. 7:12). How profound an effect this “golden rule” would have if applied at every level in our world!

You don’t want a neighbor to steal your tools, so do not take his. You would not like to be struck by a reckless driver, so do not drive recklessly. You would want a helping hand in time of need, so help others in need. In industry, we would not want the person upstream from us polluting the river, so we should not do it to the person downstream from us. We would not want to breathe chemically polluted air, so we should not pollute someone else’s air. In the workplace, we would not want to be oppressed; we should not oppress our employees. If applied, this kingdom law would remove the need of armies, jails, and prisons; problems would be relieved, the burden of government reduced and the productive energies of all the people released. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” if you put this into practice, it would revolutionize our society. This is the kingdom foundation for all social relationships.
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