‘Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.’ Matthew 7:12 ESV
The Bible says, ‘There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves… of money… abusive… slanderous, without self-control, brutal… treacherous…’ (2 Timothy 3:1–6 NIV) If you don’t believe that, watch what happens in a shopping centre just before Christmas when a motorist whips into a parking space another car has been waiting for. Normally reasonable people become savage with rage.
The Bible says, ‘Be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves.’ (Philippians 2:3–4 CEV) Jesus said, ‘Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.’ In other words, practise putting others first. It’s called the ‘Golden Rule’. And it’s so simple. Treat other people with the same courtesy and respect you’d want for yourself.
If you need motivation, start looking for the good qualities in people instead of the bad ones. And remember, they have to do the same in your case. Do something to help them. If you really want to get ahead in life, love others a little bit more than they deserve, just like God loves you. Too often we expect everyone else to practise the Golden Rule but not do the same ourselves.
Has someone done you an unexpected kindness? Well, pass it on. If no one has, then you be the one to start! Do someone else an unexpected kindness. Pay it forward. Take love with you wherever you go.
SoulFood: Lam 3:40–5:22, Mk 13:1–11, Ps 113, Prov 14:1–4
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019