Matthew 7:12 – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Simply put, treat others as you want to be treated. Easy, right? You respect me, I respect you; you show kindness to me and I’ll show kindness to you. Not exactly. In fact, that is not at all what the verse says or means. This is not a tit-for-tat niceness scale; we are not repaying in kind the actions of another. This is about treating people in a right manner regardless of their actions. So, how do you wish to be treated? My list includes, Respect, Honesty and Consideration.
This Golden Rule, as it is often referred, goes hand-in-hand with the second great commandment, to love your neighbour as yourself. The level of ease or difficulty in expressing genuine love depends (for us) on the recipient. How do you treat someone with respect when they have caused you untold pain and all you feel is anger and contempt?
“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (714). This is why it is important to understand Jesus’ teaching on Asking and Seeking. Genuine love for others can only come from above. Man, within his natural sin-shell cannot maintain selfless love, but as children of God, we have access to the Divine resource of perfect love. A love that can cut through hurt and pain; a love that can bring healing; a love that can restore relationships.
Seeking the Father’s help is a continuous process as we try to learn how to treat everyone with the same grace, compassion and love that God has shown to us.