The next verse really isn’t a stand alone verse, that is evident by the first word ‘So.”
We really can’t determine how far back the so goes, most commentators say it is a summation of everything before it starting in Matthew 5:1. Whatever it is, it can stand by itself if put into practice.
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, Matthew 7
This doesn’t need a whole lot of interpretation, now does it? What it needs is a whole lot of practice, that’s for sure! This very same doctrine has been taught by the likes of Confucius, Philo, and Isocrates.
Imagine how the world could be impacted if everyone thought about this on a daily basis?
Remember back in Matthew 5:17 where Jesus said:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
He brings this thought back again in this verse when He says:
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Just in case we wanted to breeze by the do unto others, He lets us know just how heavy this verse is. Doing unto others sums up the general idea of what the Law and the Prophets said.
Questions: If everyone you encountered today treated you like you did them would you have had a good day? Would they have had an impact on you? Would they have brought you joy or pain?