by Roger Thomas

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The House That Love Fills (5 of 5)
Series: Storm Proof Life
Roger Thomas
Matthew 7:12

Sometimes we make life a lot more complicated than it needs to be. Robert Fulghum reminded the world of that in his best selling All I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten. You have all heard at least parts of his life from a beginner's point of view.

Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. ... These are the things I learned.

Share everything. Play fair. ... Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. ... Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out in the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. ... Everything you need to know is there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation, ecology, and politics and the sane living.

In this one little verse toward the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus also reminds us that the basic principles of life are really quite simple. Only fourteen words in English, but Jesus says they sum up the entire Bible. I don't know about you, but that makes me think they are pretty important. These words also summarize the heart of the Sermon on the Mount.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus provides the blueprint for a storm-proof life. Not storm free! There is no such thing. We all face storms--physical, financial, emotional, spiritual. Some lives are equipped to weather the storms. Others aren't. Jesus' beatitudes at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount provide the foundation. The Lord's Prayer in the middle outlines the inner walls that provide support and structure. The rest of the sermon fills out the interior of the house. Our text summarizes what a storm-proof life looks like on the inside.

One writer calls this verse the "Mt. Everest of all ethical teachings." We know it more familiarly as "the Golden Rule," a term that has been applied to it at least ...

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