Treating Others The Way You Want To Be Treated
By Kendra Clarke
Treating others the way we want to be treated is not a foreign concept. In fact, it is something many of us may have heard as children from our parents, family or in Bible school. It is a basic tenet, an ethical duty if you will, that we should hold as true that reveals not only how others should treat us, but more importantly how we should treat others. Luke 6:31 says,
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
God reiterates this in Matthew 7:12,
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.”
Furthermore, of all the commandments, God says in Mark 12:31,
“The second is this: You should love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Essentially, we are called to treat others with the same level of respect, compassion, kindness, consideration, concern and courtesy that we ourselves would desire others to treat us. Sadly, though basic as it seems, we often abandon this tenet by setting it aside and making life all about us. We seek to take, but rarely want to give. We speak harshly of others, but seek praise for ourselves. We cheat others, but seek to render evil to those that have cheated us. We hurt others, but seek to play the victim role when we are hurt by others.
My brothers and sisters, this is counter to what God desires of us. We cannot render evil to others and then expect God to bless us immeasurably. We cannot continue to wreak havoc into the lives of others and then expect to be given what Philippians 4:7 describes as “the peace that surpasses all understanding”. God has provided us the blueprint for daily living within His Word. When we operate outside of His Word, we are operating outside of His will. When we operate outside of His will, we are opening ourselves up to a world of hurt, which is indicative of the state of this world.
Therefore, let us abandon our fleshly, selfish attitude and be spirit-filled and selfless in our dealings with one another. Imagine how different this world would be if each of us were to put forth the effort we seek. If we truly loved our neighbors as ourselves, we would not steal, murder, lie, covet, cheat or dishonor God or others. Whether we do or not, in the final analysis, we will, as Galatians 6:7 says,
“Reap what we sow.”