Do Unto Others Bible Verse Meaning And Study

Do Unto Others Bible Verse Meaning And Study November 13, 2015

What does it mean “do unto others?” Is there application for the Christian?

Luke’s Phrase

We find the phrase “do unto others” in Luke 6:31 which says “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Jesus said this in the context of loving our enemies and doing good to those that hate us (Luke 6:27) but also to “bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:28).  Now it gets a bit harder, doesn’t it?  While Jesus is still speaking about our enemies, He goes even further by saying “To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back” (Luke 6:29-30). His conclusion is “as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them” (Luke 6:31). This means doing good unto others, regardless of whether they do good to us. This “doing unto others” is not dependent on if they do unto us first.

Doing to Others

Jesus continues in His teaching in Luke chapter six by giving us the reason we are to do good unto others. He says “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount” (Luke 6:32-34). If we only do go to those we love, we are no different from the unsaved world but if you “love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35-36). Don’t you want to be like the “sons (and daughters) of the Most High?” The poor cannot repay you but God can. Solomon wrote “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed” (Prov 19:17).


Giving to Others

We have at least three things that we can share that God has blessed us with. They are time, talent, and treasure and we are stewards of these three. We will all have to give an account on what we did with what we received. Jesus tells us to “Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back” (Luke 6:30) “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matt 7:12). Whatever we do for others is what the Law was founded upon and that which the prophets preached on and of course, the greatest Giver of all was Jesus Christ Who gave His life for us (John 3:16). He did it expecting nothing in return for it. He made the first move; His grace extended to us. We are obligated to give back to others.


We don’t do unto others simply for rewards. We do good unto others because Jesus commands us to. Even so, Jesus still says “whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” (Matt 10:42) so just “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:4). Of course the greatest reward of all comes at Christ’s appearing when “the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’” (Matt 25:34).


We should feel compelled to help others because of what Christ has done for us. We can never do what Jesus did for us but we can do for others. Even if they don’t “do unto you,” you do unto them all the good you can, whether they’re a believer or not. Jesus never made this statement conditional upon who it is conferred upon. We are simply told to do it.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • pud

    The “golden rule” has been part of the human condition long before your biblical ghost writers credited your mythical jesus with some great unknown gem of wisdom.

    Your “jesus” gave nothing. He said nothing, wrote nothing, left nothing and the notion of “vicarious redemption” (scapegoating) is as sick a moral lesson as there is.

    Once more “pastor jack” you prove only that you are incapable of critical thinking and nothing but a worker bee for your twisted christian cult

    • SJ

      Jesus pre-existed the creation pud. So you’ll have a hard time proving Christ didn’t give the golden rule.

      Pastor Wellman has been very kind tolerating your bad manners. He must see you as being loved by God so he forbears with you.

      Since you filter Jesus out of everything why don’t you hangout with people who agree with you?

      • pud

        If you can’t show it, you don’t know it. You say and believe the most absurd things. There is NO evidence what so ever that any “jesus” fellow ever existed at all. NONE. It is a made up story by iron age superstitious know nothings in a time of insane apocalyptic fervor with scads of magicians and “holy” men roaming around with all the goat herders.

        I hang out wherever I choose and I choose to hang out where you sick wicked delusional people are because you vote and that makes you dangerous. I will not let you gain power again. I know my history and I know what a sick barbaric world this was when delusional people like you called the shots.

        • SJ

          Never mind. Sorry for challenging your obsession.

          • pud

            You never “challenge” me with a rational simply rehash the same tired nonsensical “claims”

          • SJ

            I have a relationship that your arguments have no influence upon but you are deliberately obtuse and don’t get that.

            You ought to be embarrassed that you have meddled with people’s relationships and thought your objectivity controlled another person’s subjectivity.

            It’s a basic observation that Christians belong to the family of God and that family is even more subjective than objective for people.

            You just want to have a cause that allows you to make a nuisance out of yourself and you don’t even realize your means cannot serve your ends.

            You’ve made a huge error and should have admitted it and desisted by now but I suppose you like being irrational and if you’re irrational enough you don’t have to admit it because irrationality is controlling you.

          • pud

            babble….face it, you are way way out of your league with me

          • SJ

            babble….you’re out of your league with God.

            What is God’s nature pud?

          • pud

            What is wrong with you? Why are you incapable of asking all the reasonable rational questions….such as…”Which god”? “Whose god”? You have taken a giant drink from the kool aid bowl and cannot take an objective view of anything. You have NO evidence that ANYTHING that you “believe” is real. NONE. It is all made up wish thinking based upon iron age superstition. There is no evidence for any event, character, miracle, vision, prophesy, angel, demon, devil, heaven, hell etc etc is a made up story like every single god and religion since the beginning of humankind! Wake up

          • SJ

            Brother pud somebody has lied to you. God is love. That is God’s nature.

            Jesus Christ is the image of God so he personified love. He is also known as the incorruptible seed so Jesus passes on God’s loving nature to God’s followers. Not without complications….because there is an old nature people die to gradually on a daily basis but, still the believer in Jesus will keep the new nature, too.

            This is a subjective transformation. People learning to manifest Jesus’ character more and more after accepting him with love and humility.

            This is all subjective and there are so many people reported as changed that there is no denying the evidence.

            All you have to do pud is realize that you are important to God, too.

            God may have made you to do science and logic but not to use it against Him. Don’t respond to Him like that.

            God entered creation to redeem us and restore us. All people need restoring so God has given us His grace ( favor ).

            You don’t have to use a naturalistic worldview to screen God out. You can have God and science.

          • pud

            Nonsensical gibberish. Just word babble.

          • SJ

            Well you take care Brother pud. I can’t argue with you any more. God wouldn’t like it if I was insensitive to you because you’re His precious child, too.

          • pud

            Do you know (or care) how “gods” were created? Do you have even the slightest clue how christianity developed? Do you know how monotheism developed out of polytheism? Do you care that your “god” was a developed concept that evolved from many previous pagan and polytheistic belief systems? Do you know that there are many “savior” religions that vastly predate your cults beliefs? You don’t do you and you don’t care do you? If you actually knew the “history of god” you would know that your cult is a completely manufactured one that evolved over several hundred years. The early church voted on whether your jesus was divine or not! They made up the “trinity” they made up hell, they made up images of your “god” and your “jesus” they edited the books so they would serve their purpose and for hundreds of years killed anyone who dared to read it themselves in lieu of getting it from the priests. They made up the devil and the whole notion of satan and evil. You don’t know anything about the crap you believe do you? And you don’t care to know do you? That is exactly how cults work.

          • SJ

            i’m not interested. Thank you. I have faith where I am at.

          • pud

            Which proves exactly what I just said…you have no interest in anything that upsets your delusional cult think. There is no interest in truth or reason with you…none. The total essence of cult membership.

          • SJ

            It’s called faith not ” delusional cult think “.

            Have a fun life.

          • pud

            “Faith” is “belief” without evidence…that is the very definition of delusion. It is claiming to know things you cannot possibly know and “believing” things en mass that only a lunatic could “believe” on his own

          • SJ
    • SJ

      A Christian explained it to me like this:

      Why Atheism Cannot Be Logical
      Most Atheists believe that everything that exists is material, that everything that actually exists is part of the physical world. The laws of logic are not physical. The Atheistic worldview eliminates the possibility of logic being real or reliable. At the same time, Atheists try to use logic to reason. When they do so, they are demonstrating that their worldview is not internally consistent and that their worldview is not valid. The worldview of the Atheist cannot be a valid worldview because the worldview requires that the Atheist use the laws of logic, yet the Atheist’s worldview does not allow the laws of logic to exist since they are not material. Atheism is self-refuting because the Atheist must assume something (logic) that disproves Atheism in order to prove Atheism. “[A]theism presupposes theism.”~ Dr. Cornelius VanTil

      • pud

        Wrong…rational “non believers” in your fairy tale do not “believe” anything. We follow where the evidence leads. There is no evidence what so ever for anything at all that is “non material” in the universe. Logic is not a “thing” it is a concept, a methodology invented by people to explain the physical world. There is no “logic” sitting out there in the void of space. Anything that does not have the property of “shape” is a concept. Logic doesn’t have “shape” it cannot be measured so it is a “concept” not material. “Justice” is a concept too…it does not “exist” Logic and Justice describe relationships between physical objects that do exist. Same as “love” which also is a concept and doesn’t exist but rather describes relationship between objects that do exist. Your “god” is a “concept” not a material object that exists.

        You read moronic imbeciles…Van Til is a buffoon easily dismissed and discredited

        • SJ

          You are set in your ways. I’ll let you go.

          • pud

            No, you are the one incapable of critical thinking. You swallow a doctrine hook line and sinker and are terrified of even questioning it no matter how ridiculous or what evidence is presented to you. I arrived at my position through years of careful consideration not blind “faith” or the words or ideology of someone else.

          • SJ

            Sorry, not interested in your arbitrary assumptions.

  • Stevie D

    Hi all. I’d like to offer a more respectful suggestion that there are many versions of the Golden Rule, at least 5 of which predate the usually claimed birthdate of Christ.

    560 BC, From the Udanavarga 5:18-
    not others with that which pains yourself.”

    1300 BC, from the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18- “Thou
    shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

    3200 BC, From the Hitopadesa- “One
    should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated.”

    600 BC, From the Shast-na-shayast 13:29- “Whatever
    is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others.”

    557 BC, From the Analects 15:23- “What
    you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”