So, we all have probably heard of that Golden Rule of “treat others as you want to be treated.” Even Jesus commands us to do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Matthew 6:12 is just one bible verse that basically tells us to treat others how you want to be treated.

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It seems like to treat others the way you want to be treated would be an easy task. But, then you get older and people really try you and your patience. At least my patience has been tried, fried and died one hundred times over.

But, I was blessed in 2017. One of my closest friends, spoke a word to me one day.

“You can treat others the way you wanted to be treated, but it doesn’t mean they are going to treat you the same way back.”

Yes, my mind was blown. A spirit of clarity really came over me. The flip side, the B track of the Golden Rule, includes a huge but. I hear and see so many people in today’s society talk about:

  • Forget You, Screw You , <insert your term> You

  • I am going to stop being nice to people because they don’t give a crap about me.

  • Nobody needs Nobody

    We are so jaded. And, trust me I have been jaded and over it, too. But, my friend’s statement helped and overwhelmed me. In our instantaneous society, we don’t have time to wait on somebody to act right. We can move on to something bigger and better. It doesn’t mean this response is right, but it is an all too familiar response.

Treat Others The Way You Want to Be Treated…But

So, we all have probably heard of that Golden Rule of “treat others as you want to be treated.” Even Jesus commands us to do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Matthew 6:12 is just one bible verse that basically tells us to treat others how you want to be treated.

Treating others with respect

I am a person, who prides myself on being nice to everyone and treating others with respect. Some might say that I’m too nice. I say, it is just southern hospitality and an attempt to let Jesus shine through.

I am one to even try and demonstrate a little more love and compassion on the hardest nuts to crack. Is that you, too? Yet, there are still several people in my life, who are still on the flip side of the Golden Rule.

Treat Others How You Want to Be Treated: Verses That Reminds Us to

Yet, there is something that won’t allow me (or you) to just simply be done with people. There are people like my dear friend, the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that still gives us the ability to “treat others the way you wanted to be treated” – despite their treatment towards me. There are three bible verses about treating others with dignity and respect that you may find helpful.

  • Matthew 5:43-48

  • Luke 6:31

  • Colossians 3:17, 23-24

Be Kind to Your Enemies

Jesus always challenges us to partake in unconventional actions, right? His ways always seem against societal norms of today’s times. But, we can look at Matthew 5:43-48, which explain that you should love or be kind to your enemies. We are not only challenged to show love, but you are asked to go above and beyond as Christ followers.

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“46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

— Matthew 5:46-48
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Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You

Although I mentioned the Golden Rule earlier from Matthew 6:12, I wanted to make sure that you knew that it is mentioned in Luke 6:31. In the Gospels, you can find different accounts of the same lesson. And, when I come across something like this, I put a mental note there that this is pretty important.

Let Your Treatment of Others Be A Testimony of Your Faith

I believe how you treat others says alot about you and your faith. At all times, we are representing Christ. Although it feels that someone’s negative actions would warrant a negative response, still treat others the way you want to be treated. We have to keep in mind that we can either direct people to God or drive them away. So, Colossians 3:17, 23-24 is a good one to bookmark. It is a reminder that no matter what we say or do, be sure that it brings God honor

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Treat Others The Way You Want to be Treated Continually

As I realize how much I can’t control the people around me and their actions, there is a little more freedom I get.

I honestly have to remind myself of that everyday and surround myself around people, who will encourage me to act spiritually. Then, there is a little less sting from those people on the flip side of the Golden Rule.

Be Blessed and Continue to Live in Purpose,

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2 Comments

  1. Shannon, I really appreciated this post. It’s so easy to get discouraged in doing good. Also, your baby-girl is just darling! 😉

    1. Yolanda, thank you so much. Today’s world can make us feel so discouraged. It makes us question why we should even bother treating others in a respectful way, especially if that person is not doing the same. I am learning to check my focus daily. If I don’t keep God’s Word in mind, I usually slip up. Be blessed!

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