So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 NIV).
Several years ago, I was angry with an employee, and my tone and treatment of her were not characteristic of real leadership. Not too long after, I was working as a night manager in a Nursing home facility, and one of the Directors exhibited the same behavior towards me. Wow, I thought to myself, did I conduct myself like that with my employee. The next day, I went up to her and had the opportunity to apologize and express that I know how that feels to be on the end of someone’s unkind words and poor leadership. Sometimes you get back in life what you dish out; therefore, we should treat others the way we want to be treated; this is a biblical golden rule and a life lesson.
Sometimes when I hear leader’s, friends, associates express how they feel when they are on the receiving end of mistreatment, I want to say you cannot be for real, you must be kidding me. You act the same way you have treated people the same way, and now that you are receiving a taste of your own medicine you do not like it; maybe you forgot how ugly your behavior could get. There are people who we encounter on this journey called life, who give us a mirror into our bad behavior; unless your blind and refuse to take notice. It is an opportunity to pray and ask God that if I act like that Lord, please forgive me and help me treat people kindly. It does not matter your position; your rank, life has a funny way of making you feel the way you have done others, no one is exempt from this life lesson.
The scripture uses the word everything, not some things, in everything do to others what you would have them do to you. This life lesson is right in every area of our life with family friends, marriage, school, work, and church. Unfortunately, some people will never apply this golden rule because they do not care and they believe they are exempt. Let’s continue to pray one for another that we are not just hearers of the Word but doers as well. God Bless.