Compare the Great Commandment “love others, as you love yourself,” with the Golden Rule, “treat others the way you want to be treated.”
They are the same! I got it!
Both commands require each individual to use his own conscience— “as you yourself would want to be treated!” or “as you love yourself.”
For me, a great truth had finally sunk into my heart. The Golden Rule is the same as the Great Commandment! No commandment is greater! And it is the way to eternal life!
And now—this is exciting!—here is the one thing that absolutely knits the two together, that absolutely welds them together as one and the same thing! As you remember, Jesus used that Supreme Accolade in referring to the Great Commandment by saying, “on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Now, listen: the only other time, in all his preaching that Jesus ever used that same Supreme Accolade was when he described the Golden Rule! He said, “for this is the law and the prophets!” Jesus gave that same supreme honor for both!
Finally, as I prayed about it, the Golden Rule—the Great Commandment—became the supreme guide in my life. Directly from the lips of Jesus to me.