Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Question: How do we know the best way to be merciful towards others?
Answer: There is a rule that is so universal, so pure, that just about every religion on earth has a form of it as part of their teachings. Christians call it “The Golden Rule.” Simply put, it says, “Do
unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In the King James’ Version of the Bible, this
declaration of Jesus is translated: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” (Luke 6)
How does this rule operate? We apply it in daily life in the way we treat others. We actively show kindness, courtesy, and good-will towards the people we interact with. If we would like them to treat us well, we should first treat them well. And, if they should be rude to us first, then, the Golden Rule kicks in to help us consider our reaction. We know now that it is wrong to be
revengeful. So, we must thoughtfully consider what the most loving and forgiving action would be. That is what it means to be a Christian. It is not easy. It is not for sissies! When we feel like
striking out at someone, it may be hard to control our emotions. But, this is what Jesus did, and expected us to do. Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“The First Commandment of the Hebrew Decalogue . . . and the Golden Rule are the all-in-all of Christian Science . . . Forgetting the Golden Rule and indulging sin, men cannot serve God.” (My. 5)
Practice: Today, memorize the Golden Rule, and try to put it into practice. Why not start with your siblings! (or other close family members).
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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