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The Golden Rule
 
A person may not know where to find it in the Bible and some may not even be aware that it is actually a Bible verse, but if you ask them about the "Golden Rule" many of them will start reciting it with great familiarity.  The Golden Rule has been quoted a number of ways: "Treat others the way you want to be treated," "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  Some have even manipulated the Golden Rule with a negative viewpoint: "Don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you."  

We understand the Golden Rule is "the law and the prophets" (Matthew 7:12).  That means loving others as yourself is not a new commandment.  It is not a new teaching.  We are to love others as ourselves.  In Leviticus 19:18, we clearly see this "Golden Rule" was taught from the very beginning.  It is also a paraphrase of the second great commandment.  Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself."  It is also interesting that this concept is taught in marriage.  In Ephesians 5:28, Paul says, "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself."  It is not about what you EXPECT from people, but rather, how you TREAT people.  Be it in marriage or in any relationship, treat people the way you want to be treated.

All of us can quickly identify a relationship that has proved difficult.  It may be a challenging co-worker, a cantankerous family member, an obnoxious neighbor, or even an annoying spouse, but Jesus clearly teaches in Matthew 7:7-12 that we are to treat others the way we want to be treated.  After reading the above mentioned passage, and after praying and asking God for wisdom and discernment, I challenge you to answer these questions: "Am I treating this person the way I want to be treated or am I simply expecting them to treat me the way I want to be treated?" "Am I waiting to be served or am I wanting to serve?"  In light of the Golden Rule, how do you measure up?

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