The Golden Rule

In Matthew 7:12 Jesus says, "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.  This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets."  This commandment is commonly referred to as the Golden Rule.  One very important thing that is typically missed when practicing this commandment is that "we" are many times the beneficiary.  Here are a few thoughts from Napolean Hill that help demonstrate how to live this commandment in practice and become the beneficiary:

1) Be honest with others.  Not just for their sake but because every honest deed builds character. 

2) Forgive others because every act of forgiveness builds character and wipes out the effect of one's own transgressions.  

3) Be generous and fair with others even when it goes unnoticed and unrewarded.  Character is the sum total of our acts and deeds. 

4) Instead of finding faults in others, focus on faults of your own. 

5) Slander no one, because it will plant destructive seeds in your sub-conscious mind. 

6) Do not set destructive thoughts afloat upon the ocean because it pollutes the minds of others. 

7) Conquer the human tendency towards hatred, envy, selfishness, jealousy, malice, pessimism, doubt and fear. For these are the seeds from which the world harvests most of its troubles. 

8) Keep your mind focused on your definite chief aim in life with thoughts of courage, self-confidence, good will, faith, kindness, loyalty, love, truth and justice.  These are the seeds from which the world reaps its harvest of progressive growth.

The reason why this commandment is many times referred to as the Golden Rule is that it has a compounding positive impact on both parties.  Not only is the recipient positively impacted, but the magic happens when our acts and deeds build on one another to create a dynamic character that will attract others and set us up for success.  Next time you practice the Golden Rule, don't expect to be directly repaid, but rather rejoice in the fact that you and your character will be the beneficiary.  


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