“That Is The Law And The Prophets” (Matthew 7: 12, NEB) by Carley Evans

Jesus says, “Always treat others as you would like them to treat you: that is the Law and the prophets.” Our Lord calls this the “second great commandment;” otherwise known as “love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Yet, Jesus also says, “Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls to the pigs: they will only trample on them, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:6) And, He warns: “Beware of false prophets, men who come to you dressed up as sheep while underneath they are savage wolves. You recognize them by the fruits they bear.” (Matthew 7:15-16)

 

Jesus tells us to be wise as well as kind toward others. Yet, He says, “Pass no judgment, and you will not be judged.” He warns that “whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

If you wish to be treated well, then treat others well. If you wish to be given the benefit of the doubt, then give that benefit to the other. If you desire love, then love. If you desire peace, be peaceful. If you crave kindness and considerate behavior, be kind and considerate. Don’t “look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye, with never a thought to the great plank in your own!” (Matthew 7:3-4)

 

Remember, “a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, or a poor tree good fruit.” (Matthew 7:18) “That is why you recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:19) Nevertheless, treat others as you desire them to treat you. And, “your Father who sees what is secret will give you your reward.” (Matthew 6:18)

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