So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do: Getting Other People To Behave Well (Matthew 7:12) (XX)

This is the twentieth in a series of blogs on the ease of reading the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew … and the difficulty of following them.

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.
(Matthew 7:12)

Sometimes people read this verse and think, If I do good things, then the other people in my life will return that good with good. This verse doesn’t say that. This verse is about your behavior with no guarantee on how other people will respond.

It’s a high calling – doing things to others that you would want them to do to you – because more often than not, your good deeds are not returned with goodness. Instead you get back nasty and bad things and sometimes downright evil stuff.

And that’s why it’s so easy to read the words of Jesus, and so hard to live them.


Links to the previous blogs in this series can be found at Links to So Easy To Read, So Hard To Do.

About drjstewart

Christian, husband, father, educator, writer, and photographer.
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