Luke 6 Lesson

The Golden Rule

SUFFERING IS PART OF LIFE

Life is hard, and so is being a Christian!  The more we understand the Bible, the more we understand that adversity is necessary for us to develop into the people that God created us to be.

Jesus’ life, for example, was incredibly hard; and not just on the cross!  Jesus' faced adversity from the day He was born!  The adversity that He endured should serve as a constant reminder to us of how God allows good people to suffer in this lifetime.  

Suffering is a part of God’s plan for us.   He uses it to shape us, to discipline us, and to teach us.

The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Romans:

  • “And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5.

THE GOLDEN RULE

As we see others suffering, God wants us to be compassionate and merciful, not judgmental.  In Luke Chapter 6, Jesus teaches His followers what is often referred to as, “The Golden Rule.”

  • “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” – Luke 6:31.

The Golden Rule is fundamental to Christianity and a direct commandment from Jesus.  If we want compassion and mercy for ourselves, we need to show compassion and mercy to others.  Too often, we seek mercy for ourselves and cast judgment on others.   When we see others suffering, we should recognize the opportunity that God is giving us to show them mercy and compassion.  This is well-pleasing to God, as pointed out in the following words spoken by Jesus:

  • “Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” – Mathew 7:1-2.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT NOT JUDGING OTHERS

  • “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.” - Luke 6:37.
  • “For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.” - James 2:13.
  • “Therefore you have no excuse, every one of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” - Romans 2:1.

JESUS DEMONSTRATES GRACE AND MERCY 

In His Gospel, Luke shares with us the following example of grace and mercy from Jesus:  

  • “On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and come forward!’ And he got up and came forward.And Jesus said to them, ‘I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?’ After looking around at them all, He said to him, ‘Stretch out your hand!’ And he did so; and his hand was restoredBut they themselves were filled with rage and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.” – Luke 6:6-11.

ACKNOWLEDGING OUR SINS

One of the ways that we can become less judgmental is by acknowledging our own sins and shortcomings.  All of us are sinners!  Left to our own devices, none of us would be found worthy to enter heaven.  It is only through the redeeming blood of Jesus that our relationship with God is possible.  

Consider the following three verses:

  1. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” –  Romans 3:23-24.  
  2. “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5.    
  3. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” – Romans 5:8-11.

CONCLUSION

The Golden Rule teaches us to, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” – Luke 6:31.

Suffering is a part of life.  God uses adversity to discipline us, to teach us, and to shape us into the people that He created us to be.  As Christians, we are to bear one another’s burdens and show compassion and mercy, not judgment.

We will end today’s lesson with the following two scriptures:

  1. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2.
  2. “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.” – Luke 6:35.

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Gregg
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I can have hope. Even in a pandemic, I can have hope. Even not knowing what my next job will be, I can have hope! Because my hope is not in the things of this world. My hope is in Jesus.

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Dan W
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In recent times, I find myself quoting the words of Christ about calling Him "Lord" but not being obedient to him, as reflected in Matthew 7:21, which states that merely calling Jesus "Lord" will not place one in the kingdom--only obedience will do that.

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John

"Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh." -

So comforting in the year 2020 with everything going on.

Praise be to God!

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John

"Mercy triumphs judgement." - Amen!

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