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.
How often have we read this “Don’t do to others what you would not want done to you.”? Perhaps it would be easier if that is what it said. But it’s not what it says. Read it again.
The golden rule is an action item, not a defensive response. And I’m not sure there’s much to add to this apart from this: please sit for just a few minutes and pray. Right now. Search yourself as to what kindness you would want someone to do for you- an encouraging word, a gift, a service, a hug, whatever. Then seek the Lord for the name of the person- the one He wants you to bless in that very way today. Then follow through and do it.
Practice this once a week until it becomes a part of who you are. Make it an offering to the Lord and watch Him reveal His heart to you out of your obedience.
Trust me, the experience is golden.
Takeaway: Well, this one needs no summary. Just remember two addendums: 1. Sometimes we have a harder time being the “other”- we don’t extend the kindness to ourselves that we would someone else. If that’s the case, use this verse and reverse it. 2. You reap what you sew. Be blessed.
Prayer: Lord, please imbed the golden rule into the very fibers of my being and help me to see others through Your eyes.