Some more thoughts from my friend Harvey Schultz:
On one occasion in Matthew 22:36-40 Jesus was asked, “Teacher what is the greatest commandment in the law? To which Jesus said without hesitation “You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you will love your neighbor as yourself”. Then He concluded by saying “On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets”.
Concluding a thought in His “Sermon On The Mount” Jesus said in Matthew7: 12, “Therefore whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is this is the law and the Prophets”. (NKJV)
These two scriptures, the Greatest Commandments and the Golden Rule, are perhaps the most important statements that Jesus ever uttered. If these had been obeyed under the Old Testament, then no sacrifices would have been necessary. Since Jesus kept these perfectly; you never heard of Him ever offering sacrifices even though He lived under the Old Testament law.
Just think how different our world would be if everyone simply lived by the “Golden Rule”. There would be no need for locks or burglar alarms, because no one would steal from others, because they would not want others to steal from them. No murder or for that matter any crime against humanity would be committed, because they would not want these thing done to them.
To simply treat others the way you yourself would like to be treated would make the world a much better place in which to live. Unfortunately, however, everyone even though they may agree with the principle, will not live like this. I have seen this principle work in other people and in my own life. So it does and will continue to be the very best principle by which to live.
Even though everyone will not live this way, yet the more people who do recognize the value of this principle and try to make this their life style, the better the world would be. Remember the little phrase that says, ” A better world begins with me”. Just something to think about!