The Golden Rule (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Golden Rule

Read Matthew 7:12 (to ;)

Matt 7:12 (to;) In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; NRSV

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • How did you restate this verse?
  • What other verses in the Bible remind you of this verse?
  • What does it mean "to do?"
  • Is there any suggestion in the verse that you should wait for something to happen to you before you do good to others?
  • Why is this an action verse?
  • What kind of action is required of you?
  • Why is this called the Golden Rule?

Help the students to thoroughly understand how their actions are to be good. If they are not, why not?

  • What do we get when we withhold good from others?
  • Do we want people to suffer?
    • Who do we want to see suffer?
    • How can we correct that?
  • Have you ever turned an "enemy" into a friend?

Talk about Bible stories that demonstrate how to do unto others:

  • Joseph forgiving his brothers for throwing him into the pit
  • David forgiving Saul when he tried to kill him many times
  • The Good Samaritan
  • List and discuss other Bible stories that illustrate the Golden Rule.