The sixth joyning Principle.
What I would have others doe to me, that will I endeavour to doe to them.
VVOuld not I have others beare with me? I then will bear with them. I would have others do offices of kindnesses to me, I will then do offices of kindnesses to them. I would have the carriages of others lovely, amiable to me, mine shall be so to them. I would have others live peaceably with me, I will do so with them. This rule of doing to others as I would be done to, is a law of justice; such justice as keeps the peace. Alexander Severus the Roman Emperour,* was much taken with this: he sayes he learned it from the Christians, if he had to deal with his common Souldiers that did wrong, he punish∣ed them: but when he had to deal with men of worth and dig∣nity, he thought it sufficient to reprove them with this sentence, Do as ye would be done by.
Chrysostome in his 13. Sermon to the people of Antioch, Page 262makes use of this principle, thus, After Christ had spoken of many blessednesses,* (sayes he) then he sayes, Those things you would have others to do to you, do you to them: as if he should say, There needs not many words, let thine own will be thy law: would you receive benefits? bestow benefits then: would you have mer∣cy? be mercifull then: would you be commended? commend others: would you be loved? then love. Be you the Judge your selfe, be you the Law-giver of your owne life. That which you hate, doe not to another. Cannot you endure reproach? doe not you reproach others. Cannot you endure to have others envy you? doe not you envy others. Cannot you endure to be deceived? do not you deceive others.