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AUTHOR: Andrew Raduly

The golden rule. Luke 6:31 introduces us to the gold standard of behavior toward others. It states that whatever you would like from people, you should do the same for them first. This is very sound advice. Yet, Matthew asks the very poignant question: “if you love those who love you, what reward have you?” (Matthew 5:46). In other words, if we only offer a transactional love and desire something in return, that love is meaningless.

In many instances in the Gospels, Jesus teaches His followers to love, give, and help unconditionally.

As a Seventh-day Adventist nonprofit institution, we are called to look for opportunities of service to our local communities. A parishioner once related a story to his pastor about a church. This Adventist church became so vital to the lifeblood of the local community that, if it were to be relocated without a warning, the local community would greatly suffer.

Have we become such indispensable extensions of our local communities? Are we serving them unconditionally, without any ulterior motives? The golden rule states that we are to love as we are loved. Jesus goes one step further when He asks us to love unconditionally.

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Originally prepared for October 17, 2020