February 25, 2021
Lenten Weekday
Golden Rule
Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
Matthew 7:12

The Golden Rule is one of the core teachings of Jesus. Most of us could recite it from the time we were children and have had a lifetime to practice it. Why, then, do we still struggle to live it? All around us, we see examples of disrespect and cruelty. We may even be guilty of that ourselves. We fail to love one another, in ways big and small. Sometimes we even struggle to be civil. We practice a cheap substitute of the Golden Rule instead. We treat others well if they agree with us, share our faith, belong to the same political party and treat us well in return. Like it or not, though, the Lord’s command is simpler and clearer than that: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” In short, love one another—everyone, always.

Lord Jesus, help me to live as you command!

- Karla Manternach

Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 • Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 Matthew 7:7-12
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