“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31
This is the Golden Rule, as we call it today. God’s people are to know how to treat people in any circumstance, whether the times are favorable or if they find themselves in times of adversity. God’s people are to respond to situations and people in the same manner as Jesus did.
Philippians 2:5 tells us, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” The way we view things, people, and situations are to be filtered through thinking about how Jesus Himself would respond. How did He handle the adversities He faced? What was His attitude like toward those who mocked Him and so forth? All in all, if we were to take inventory and compare our responses to that of Jesus, would they match up or even come close?
In order to be identified as a Christian, after all, it means that we are of Christ, we are His followers, and we are Christ-minded. If we’re not, can we truly call ourselves Christians?
The greatest commandments Jesus taught was this: “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these,” (Mark 12:29-31, emphasis mine). Loving people, and treating people as one would want to be treated is to be a priority for being a follower of Christ! It is one of the greatest commandments and it cannot be ignored!
Today, where do you know you need to view others as Christ did and respond to them in love, with patience, and the courtesy of our Savior?
Most, if not all of us, may be a continual work in progress in this area. People are not always kind, but we can choose to be kind. People are not always loving, but because we want to represent our Savior well, we can, as He did, choose to be loving. The choice is always up to us on how we treat those whom we interact with daily and the random strangers that come across our path.
May we love people well, no matter who they are.
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
Excerpt taken from Jesus Teaches His Followers
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