Good Morning My Loves,
Can you imagine how wonderful our world would be if every person treated others the way they would want to be treated? This is known as “The Golden Rule.”Jesus instructed us to follow this most important rule:
12 “So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is [the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets. (Matt. 7:12 AMP)
If each of us gave thought to our most basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and then began to give others those things we would see a transformation of our relationships, cities, and nations overnight.
-Do you need to eat? Give a meal to someone else.
-Do you need clothing? Provide clothing for someone else.
-Do you need transportation? Help someone else with transportation.
-Do you need to be loved and respected? Love and respect others.
-Do you need prayer and encouragement? Pray for and encourage others.
-Do you need loyal friends and family. Be loyal to your friends and family.
-Do you need to be protected? Protect others.
Most people live with very low self-awareness of how their actions affect others, but they live with very high awareness of how others actions affect them. In order to apply this principle, it takes a “loving mindset.” We must love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Without living out the two greatest commandments, our best efforts to follow the Golden Rule are “twisted.” I’m convinced that without the ability to love God and ourselves properly, we will not be able to love others well.
-We criticize in others, what we criticize in ourselves.
-We only accept in others, what we accept in ourselves.
-When we have self-hatred, we will hate others.
-When we have unresolved hurts, we will hurt others. Hurt people, hurt people.
-When we are walking in wholeness, we seek to help others become whole. We become healed healers.
-When we’ve been forgiven and received God’s mercy, we forgive others and extend mercy. We are forgiven forgivers.
-When we have proper self love, we will love others.
When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied, ’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others]. (Matt. 22:36-39)
In order to follow the Golden Rule well, one MUST have a good moral foundation and live by Biblical principles. Why? Because if they don’t have a relationship with God who is "Love," and if they don’t have a good moral foundation, they will not seek the higher good for themselves, and they will care less if anyone else is treated well either.
In order to become more self aware, we must begin by asking these questions:
1. Is what I’m doing or saying to _________, something that I would want done or said to me?
2. Is what I’m asking __________ to consent to, something I’m willing to consent to myself?
Let’s not live mindless, reckless, and selfish lives. Let’s seek to put ourselves in the shoes of those around us, and unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others.
We can change our world by one Golden Rule decision at a time, so let’s treat others as we’d like to be treated!
I love you all! PV