“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”Matthew 7:12
Jesus set out a principle so practical and reliable that it is used today in every school setting, is likely to be part of employee training seminars, and is familiar to any person you’d meet on the street. We all see the justice and fairness in “the golden rule.” And Jesus said that it summarized all the law of the Old Testament. Truth be told, our world would rather reword things slightly and operate on a rule that says, “Do unto others what they do to you.” But that is not what Jesus taught.
Perhaps you think treating others justly was easy for Jesus to say; after all, He is the Son of God. But the Bible clearly tells us that Jesus was tempted in all ways, just as we are tempted, yet He was without sin.
When people make mistakes, remember how we’d like them to respond if we had made that mistake. A word of encouragement and a word of prayer will often carry someone through a difficult time. Treat others with kindness and understanding in the name of your Savior who has treated you with ultimate kindness.
Perhaps reach out to someone who is hurting with a gentle touch on the shoulder. Tomorrow, we may be the ones needing that touch.