You have heard it since you were three years old, maybe two. It has been preached by teachers, friends, pastors, parents, and even your older brother. This rule has come off the Messiah’s tongue. “Do to others what you would have them do to yourself,” (Matthew 7:12) is known as the golden rule; a rule in which people should follow.
I notice an old feeble lady is struggling across the intersection of a busy street. I am with my friends for a fun night on the town. Do I forfeit my chance of being high on the waiting list for Blue Sky Grill and help the lady cross the street, or do I let nature do its course and get my spot on that list? I first ask myself, “If I was her would I want someone to help me?” The answer is yes; so putting the golden rule into practice, I help her across the street.
There are many things that I have done in life that I deeply regret. There are many things that I have said in life that I deeply regret. There are many things that I should have done differently. If only I would have remembered the golden rule, I bet you that I would not have done those actions. Sometimes, my joy is stolen because of the guilt I have because I didn’t follow the golden rule.
Please do to others as you would have them do to yourself. You only not can’t call yourself a Christian, but you can not even call yourself a decent human being if you ignore this rule. Don’t let your joy be stolen! Treat another person like you want them to treat you starting today!