…So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets…” Matthew 7:12 (AMPC)
This is a principle that we should all live by. We know how we would feel if we were being treated badly – so that should prevent us from mistreating others. How we react to people, is how they will react back. If we respond with harsh words, often harsh words come back to us. We need to always be mindful of how we would feel ‘before’ responding in a negative way. That’s not always easy when feeling angry or hurt, but so important to cultivate in our relationships and dealings with people.
“The golden Rule” is not explicitly found in Scripture, but became the popular way of referring to the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31. In summary, the Golden Rule encompasses the emphatic essence of morality. It is a simple yet powerful way of saying that we should recognize the respective dignity of our fellow man and not forget we all are capable of inflicting immoral actions. This is vital in following the commandments of God and creating a more virtuous world. If we want respect we need to give respect. Whatever we desire that others would do, we need to be doing that very thing too.
Today Jesus Christ is calling us to be proactive. Instead of wishing others would behave better toward us, He is calling us to take the initiative and behave better toward others. He said, “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them”. It is time we become the testimonies we want to experience.
My declaration and confession: Lord Jesus, help me to be a true example and witness to others of your love for us. Empower me to show your love and grace to those that needs it from me because i am also a recipient of grace and love.
Ignite Thought: Treat people the way you want to be treated. Kindness begets kindness.