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Remember the golden rule


As a child, I remember being told that we should treat others the way we would want them to treat us. As a child it is hard to understand that because a child really doesn’t stop to think, they just react to eminent threat. It became a truth when we had to memorize the verse in Sunday school. Luke 6:31 NLT says: “Do unto others as you would like them to do to you.” We recited it several times and the more times we recited it, I started to understand what I was saying. It wasn’t the memorization of it that made it truth; it was that God Himself, through His Word was speaking to my heart.

Children aren’t the only ones that have a problem following the golden rule; many adults have the same problem. I believe some people don’t even have a clue about what God has to say on treating others with respect. Instead many take pleasure in inflicting mental or physical pain on others without remorse. They will even rejoice when bad things happen to others just because they don’t like them or are jealous of them.

Doing to others as we would have them do unto us means that we must love them, which is hard to do when you are the target of aggression. In l Peter 4:8, the Bible tells us “Love covers a multitude of sins.” That is powerful. What does that mean? That means that when others mistreat us, we still have to love them and forgive their sins against us! It doesn’t matter what they did to us. A multitude of sins means that we don’t forgive them just once; we forgive them as many times as it takes. Forgiving is not enough; we must show them we really forgive them by showing God’s love to them.

The Bible has a lot to say about how we should treat others. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 God gives us the keys to living by His golden rule. His Word says: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” Many times we don’t know what to do with situations, but God always has the answer in His Word. On our own we are nothing and can accomplish nothing, but with Him, all things are possible.

In the future, when faced with situations that cause us to react negatively, think on these verses and do exactly what God tells us to do. Remember that God is greater and mightier and with Him, you will overcome and disarm the situation the devil meant to hurt you with.

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