FOUR RULES OF LIFE

  Introduction
        A.  I have learned that four rules govern the conduct of people in their treatment
              of others.
        B.  This is a much needed lesson because of the importance of how Christians treat
              one another and others.
        C.  Let’s consider each of these rules.
    I.  The first rule has been designated the Iron rule.
        A.  Those who follow this rule practice the theory that might makes right.
              1.  Examples: 
                   Cain who killed his brother, Abel.  Genesis 4:3-8
                    Joseph’s brothers who sold him into slavery.  Genesis 37:3-5,18-19,28
                    Robbers in the story of the Good Samaritan.  Luke 10:30
                    Totalitarian governments today.
                    Robbers, thieves and murderers today.
        B.  Can Christians live by this rule of life?
   II.  Another rule of life is called the Brass Rule.
        A.  According to this rule, a person is to do unto others as they do unto him.  It’s
              the rule of retaliation.
              1.  Examples:
                    “Eye for an eye”, etc.
                    Those who practice vengeance against people who wrong them.
              2.  Can Christians live according to this rule?  Matt. 5:38-42; Romans 12:17-21
  III.  A third rule of life is the Silver Rule.
        A.  A person is not to do anything to another that the other doesn’t do to him.
              1.  Examples:
                    “If you don’t bother me, I won’t bother you.” Etc.
                   The rich man practiced this rule regarding the beggar Lazarus.  Lk. 16:19-31
                    Many good people.
              2.  The Bible doesn’t authorize us to practice this rule of life.
IV.  The last rule for us to consider is the Golden Rule.  Matthew 7:12; Ro.
       12:10
        A.  According to the Golden Rule, a person treats others as he would like to be
              treated.
        B.  Examples:
              Those who love their neighbors.  Matthew 22:39
              Those who love one another.  1 John 3:11--12
              Those who help the needy. James 4:17
              Those who encourage the fainthearted.  1 Thessalonians 5:14
              Those who restore an erring Christian.  Galatians 6:1
         C.  This rule will not permit us to:
         D.  This is the rule by which Jesus lived, so we are to live by this rule.
  Conclusion:  If the Golden Rule were followed by everyone, there would be no …..
  
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