Applying the Golden Rule
Week beginning: 13th November, 2016 | By Mark Cawson | Manchester
'So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.'Matthew 7:12-14 (ESV)
In creating the world, God's plan was to bring order out of disorder and provide for his creation. To function as God intended, this created order fundamentally depends upon justice being done (Proverbs 21:15 and Psalm 89:14). It is only if justice can be done that commerce can be conducted on a proper and beneficial footing, and wealth created to provide for our schools and hospitals etc., wrongs can be made right, and crimes can be punished. However, justice being done depends upon the rule of law being upheld and maintained.
Whatever area of law we, as lawyers, practice in, we are called by God to engage in furthering God's plan for his created order, and to facilitate this process by playing our part in upholding and maintaining the rule of law.
What this passage from the Sermon on the Mount helps us to remember is that if we are to do this properly and effectively, then we must always act in a godly way, in particular in our relations with others, and to remember that in all that we do, we are either firmly with Jesus or against him.
1. We pray that in all we do in our work as lawyers, and throughout our lives, we might act in a godly way, in particular in our relations with others, at all times doing to others what we would wish them to do to us.
2. We pray that in all we do we might let Jesus into our lives and submit to him, remembering at all times that God has a plan for his creation and that Jesus is our Sovereign Lord.