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Time to Polish the Golden Rule

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.“

Matthew 7:12

How do you want me to treat you? While you consider your response I’ll tell you how I want to be treated. You can start by being… nice to me. I would also like you to be courteous, kind, honest, fair, friendly, warm, and pleasant. When you do act kindly toward me please do it without underlying motives.

Please be genuine. Just so you know, occasionally I make mistakes. In those times I would really like for you to cut me some slack.

Since we’re on the subject…I want to be loved. So please show me a little love.

I also will occasionally need compassion and understanding.

Oh, yeah. I need you to pray for me. Hopefully, I won’t need it…but if I should hit on hard times I can use your support, encouragement, and generosity.

If I should hurt or offend you in some way I would really appreciate your forgiveness. Please smile a lot and let’s have a lot of laughs together.

And one more thing. When you talk to others about me would you please speak well of me? I just don’t care for gossip and backbiting.

I know. I’ve set the treatment bar pretty high by expecting so much of you. More significantly I have just described how I am obligated to treat you. Jesus expressed the Golden rule this way: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” So, back to the original question. How do you want me to treat you? Your answer to the question defines the way you should treat everyone “in everything.”

The Golden Rule remains valid for today.

Unfortunately, we live in a world in which rude and crude are more the rule than the exception. We take greater pride in who we put down than who we lift up. We love to be entertained by people who are down on their luck. Respect for authority is a thing of the past.

So, when you were answering the question, “How do you want to be treated,” did any of your responses include rude or vulgar behavior? Did you say, for example, that you want people to be rude to you? Probably not. Or did your say that you like to be put down, disrespected, and trashed by others?

In today’s selected scripture Jesus teaches that our horizontal conduct, our interaction with others on this earth, “sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Godly living is impossible without right conduct toward others. The way you treat others is a reflection of your relationship to God. Lack of love and respect for others reveals a lack of love and respect for the authority of God.

Throughout the course of your day “in everything” that involves interaction with others, you have an obligation to treat others with the same quality of treatment you expect for yourself. In business, in the family, while shopping, in traffic…anywhere and everywhere…and “in everything” right treatment of others is a God-given responsibility that should be taken seriously.

Put the Golden Rule into practice.

Now, I have an exercise for you. Take some time to seriously consider your answers to the question, “How do you want to be treated?” Write down your responses and study what you have written. Again tomorrow read what you have written and see if you treated others with the treatment you expect for yourself. Check up on yourself from time to time in the future to make certain that you are living up to…the Golden Rule.

For more on this topic, check out this article: What Does the Lord Require of Your

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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