As You Would Have Other People Do to You

As you would have other people do to you,
So you must do to them.
So you must do to them.

Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who would curse you,
And pray for those who would abuse you.

How can God’s love reach out through you
If you love just your friends and family?
Even the least of all men
Gives to those who would pay them back.

Love your enemies; ask for nothing in return.
Then they’ll know you are God’s children.
Don’t ask back for what you’ve given them.

Let them see you living by the
Kind of love you’re giving away.
As you would have other people do to you,
So you must do to them.
So you must do to them.

About This Song:

“As You Would Have Other People Do to You”
comes from Luke 6:27-28 and 31-35. . .

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
(NIV)

Jesus’s outlook on how to treat other people is quite different from the way we’re too often inclined to do it. Sometimes we’d rather say, “Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you.”

Hmm. But Jesus’s words put a different spin on that. An incredibly more positive one.

Do you love your enemies? I’m happy to say I’ve never had but one or two, but they gave me fits. Being civil to them–much less kind and loving–didn’t come easily.

But you know what I forced myself to do?

I prayed for them. On a regular basis. I didn’t pray for them to change. . .to become more likeable. I simply prayed for God to bless them. I tried to be sincere in praying that. Sometimes I succeeded and sometimes I didn’t.

I’m not sure those people ever became good friends, but my opinion of them changed for the better. Maybe I did learn to love them. At least a little bit.

With a large dose of God’s help.

Is there someone in your life you’d rather not pray for? Check with God. Maybe He wants you to pray for them.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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