Treat Others How You Want to Be Treated
Living By the Golden Rule in Your Life Each Day
by J.M. Troppello
It doesn’t seem so difficult to me, to live a life where you are kind to others and do to them as you would want to be treated. Of course, no one is perfect. No one is on target all the time in how they are living daily for Christ. However, that should be one of the goals of your Christian life to simply treat others as you want to be treated and live by the golden rule.
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12, NKJV)
Life has become more chaotic and convoluted in the last few years. Unless you have found your center and can hang on, you will likely have a difficult time living by that golden rule. My center is found in my relationship with God. Loving Him and knowing how Jesus died on the cross for my sins, makes it easier for me to reject my selfishness and treat others as I want to be treated.
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. (I Peter 3:15-16, NKJV)
This passage from I Peter is always a good reminder for me to be set apart to God daily. It’s a new journey with God each day. I love how verse 15 urges believers to be ready in all moments to give a reason to anyone who asks what their hope is—and to do that with meekness and fear (or reverence). It doesn’t urge you to live for the gotcha moments when you can compare your life to someone else’s life, especially an unbeliever—and tell them all they’re doing wrong.
It's urging you to share your hope in the Lord through a reverent and meek attitude. Believe me, before I became a Christian, I didn’t want to listen to people who preached at me. I gravitated more toward those who lived out God’s Word in their daily lives.
Live Out the Golden Rule
Self-reflection is always a good thing. Take time today to think about whether or not you’ve been living out the golden rule in your life.
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. (Luke 6:31, NKJV)
This is something I’ve been thinking about lately. It’s always good to have a refresher course on even the most basic ideas like living out the golden rule in your life. I hope you’ll join me today in treating others as you want to be treated.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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