Christ’s “Golden Rule”

Article by: Prof. Erick Aseka

In this life, we need to be charitable human beings. Charity is a benevolent disposition of the heart. Therefore, being charitable towards others is a spiritual asset, one that can contribute to community building. Charity is a disposition to do good, an act of kindness. It is a sympathizing and merciful spirit.

We need to know that a person’s character is the sum of his or her disposition and thoughts. It is the purity of heart that God gives us to become pure in what we do. Goodness is not niceness because goodness has a moral backbone. So, what is this goodness? It is having the ability to say and do the right thing in kindness. Good deeds do not always have to be huge. The backbone of a Charitable spirit is ‘kindness’. Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. The rest of a charitable spirit is ‘generosity’. We should know that Christ-likeness is the fruit of God’s goodness variously expressed to us in Christ. We should not forget that ‘kindness’ and ‘generosity’ are subordinates of love. The spirit of charity, or love, leads those who possess it to seek not only their own things, but the things of others. As such, the spirit of charity is altruistic. It is not only altruistic but also benevolent, compassionate and generous.

1) Altruism: This is the unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of other’s feelings and behaviour that show a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness. An altruistic person acts for the benefit of others and not just self.

2) Benevolence: This is a disposition to do good by way of an act of kindness by way of a generous gift. A benevolent person is one whose attitude and actions are marked by or disposed to doing good. He or she expresses goodwill towards others.

3) Compassion: This is a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry or in trouble in sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
We need to develop a heart of compassion. In relation to the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus Christ stated
“A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.” (Luke 10:31-33)
Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations. This is made possible by a spirit of compassion.

4) Generosity: This is the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish. It is the quality of being generous, especially the willingness to give money and other valuable things to others. In His gospel of truth. Those who imitate Jesus by giving generously will grow in godliness as they grow closer to God in Christ.

Jesus Christ emphasized the message of altruistic love for others.
Compassionate love is about doing good with a clear motivation of concern for others. Matthew 7:12 says: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”. This a fundamental statement of the Golden Rule that underscores the principle of reciprocity. The practice of this principle demonstrates love for others. The onus lies on the believer to examine how he would like to be treated by others and then apply what he finds to others.

Let us understand that the principle of self-determined reciprocity is part of the kingdom of God. Christ’s “Golden Rule” requires of us that what we want others to do to us, we do should do to them. This is the principle of self-determined reciprocity and we Christians ought to deal with others by keeping their interests in view. In doing this, we meet our own interests. This involves not only not doing something to them but doing something for them. May God give you the spirit of charity.

Prof. Erick Aseka, is the Senior Pastor at Divine Grace Ecclesia, Nairobi.


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