Therefore, whatever you want men to do for you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
- Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)
This verse is known as the “golden rule.”
A phrase that has been used often around the world and throughout history by philosophers, preachers and theologians.
As Christians, we are meant to be the salt and light of the earth. We are meant to be holy and set apart from the rest. We are to be representatives of Jesus Christ and His kingdom everywhere we go.
We all want others to treat us with respect, kindness and dignity, so we should do our best to treat others the same.
Whenever you go out to a restaurant, be kind to the server.
Whenever the cashier at your grocery store is a bit slow because it’s their first day, show them grace and patience.
No doubt we’ve all wished we had a kind person who loved the Lord around to show us grace when we’ve messed up!
When you choose to treat others the way you’d like to be treated– with kindness, respect, patience and grace, you demonstrate the love of God and glorify Him!
To take it a step further, choose to treat people well even when they don’t treat you the way you’d like.
It’s easy to love people who love you in return, but when you have the maturity to show love to people who aren’t loving, you glorify God’s kingdom and become an even brighter light of His glory and goodness!
“For if you love those loving you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” Matthew 5:46 (NKJV)
Today, choose to treat others the way you’d like to be treated, even IF they don’t return the favor. You are the salt and light of the world! A vessel of treasure with the Living One inside you!
“Heavenly Father, thank you for helping me to be a lighthouse of your glory. Use me as a vessel of your love and shine your light into the world! I choose to be loving even to those who aren’t. Amen.”