I want to take a moment to talk to you about the “Golden Rule.” One may ask, what is the Golden Rule? In Matthew 7:12 Jesus said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” The Golden Rule basically states that if the situation was reversed, this is how I would want to be treated by others. The following are a couple of tips to help make the Golden Rule applicable in your daily life.
1. Practice being considerate. A considerate person will always ask themselves, “what effect will my actions and/or attitude have on others?” How will my actions affect those I interact with daily? For example, if I leave the grocery store shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot when I get finished, how will my inconsiderate actions affect the next customer trying to park? Or how will my behavior affect the grocery store worker who has to retrieve my cart? The Golden Rule says treat others the way you want to be treated.
2. Practice being forgiving. To forgive a person doesn’t mean you minimize the seriousness of the offense. To forgive doesn’t mean what they did to you was okay. Forgiveness means I give up my right to get even with you. Forgiveness means I am no longer waiting on an opportunity to hurt you like you hurt me. Romans 12:19 states, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord.” Forgiveness simply means I trust God to make things right! The Golden Rule says forgive because there will come a time when you will need forgiveness.
In conclusion, ask yourself the following questions. Have I been inconsiderate of others feelings and circumstances? Have I been unwilling to let go of things people have done to me? Am I treating people the way I would want to be treated? Today, we can make our world a better place by following the Golden Rule.
(Pastor E.C. Maltbia is the senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org)