“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets” (Matt. 7:12).
That verse is known as the golden rule. In a world that has lots of hatred, the golden rue is needed today. If we simply followed this practice, it would eliminate many problems we have today.
If we treat others the way we would want to be treated, we wouldn’t lie or gossip or steal or harm someone. We would love another more. We wouldn’t be so busy pointing out the flaws others have.
In our nation, at this time, we need to live the golden rule. Christians, this needs to start with us. We can’t expect a non-believer to do this. But we should practice it.
Years ago, a prominent judge in Dallas, TX passEd away. Floral arrangements poured into the funeral home where his service would be held. After the service, a judge who knew the deceased man well stood and watched as a funeral home employee loaded the flowers to take them to the cemetery.
As he watched, he said, “Judge so & so sure does have lots of flowers, doesn’t he?”
The employee said, “Yessir; but he’s been planting seeds for those flowers a long time.”
We are planting seeds every day in the manner of how we treat people. Let’s treat others the way we would want them to treat us.