Matthew 7:12 (KJV)
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
In our anchor Scripture, Jesus gave us the Golden Rule. The concept of doing for others what we would want them to do for us summarizes Jesus’ teaching to His disciples about how to live for others. He did not relent in letting us understand the importance of how we treat our neighbors. He encourages us to treat our neighbors as we want them to treat us because this is what God expects from us. In other words, living to bless others is God’s will for us in all our relationships. In Luke 6:31, we read a similar command: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” It is crucial to know the things that matter and do them. Identifying the most vital things in life and doing them is significant to success and greatness in life. The Golden Rule, as many call it, demonstrates the kind of love that only comes to us from our Father in Heaven when we are walking in spirit and truth. It is a good life principle that prevents a lot of selfishness. It makes us live a life of kindness.
The Golden Rule is becoming increasingly important in a world where love has become cold, and consideration for others has become cruel aggression. Sadly, many people are on the path to hurting others and doing all sorts of evil to others, forgetting that Jesus taught us to treat others as we would have them treat us. In this life, it takes love to impact people, so let everyone around us feel the impact of our lives. What we cannot do to ourselves, we cannot do to others. Do what we can for others, for the Bible says in Galatians 6:9-10, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” When we know how to love, give, and bless, doors cannot close against us. Philippians 2:3-4, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Focusing on others attracts focus from Heaven. When we are concerned about others, God takes care of our desires. Maybe we have been praying and asking God to shift our lives to the next level; why not pray for others, just as Job did for his friends? Rather than being overwhelmed by the issues in our lives, pray for other people. When we live with this consciousness, miracles will happen in our lives without us having to ask.
Beloved, treat others the same way you want them to treat you. Give value to others, for it is in your giving that your growth comes, for you cannot love without giving. Make life better for others today by loving and helping them. Be more interested in lifting people to greater heights instead of yourself. Seek to walk in spirit and truth and to love as Christ loved you so that whatever you do in word or deed, you do all to the glory of God. The truth is pure joy comes when the people around you are also happy. Endeavor to correct, strengthen, and encourage each other in love along the way, making sure not to destroy anyone who falls into an error because of one weakness or the other. Start planting one good seed after another, and eventually, you’ll enjoy a good harvest. Remember that whatever you’ve been casting out there is always what you find down the road. Kindness isn’t so much what you do for yourself but what you do for others. Have the determination to show someone kindness which only God can repay. As you start this new day, the love of God shall overshadow your life. Today, receive the GRACE to make a mark on somebody’s life in Jesus’ Name! Remember, the Word of God shapes both how you are treated and how you treat others.
O Lord, let the love of Christ manifest in my life as I love my neighbor as myself, in Jesus’ Name.