Good afternoon! Happy Tuesday.
TFTD: Treat others the way you want to be treated
Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)
12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Ever since I can remember I was told to treat others the way I wanted to be treated. Who knew that it was biblical. It hit me today that no matter what you are going through or how people are treating you, a good rule of thumb should ALWAYS be to treat others the way that you want to be treated.
Don’t treat people the way that they treat you because some people will treat you nice and some will treat you mean. If you spend time adapting to how each person treats you, then you will be an emotional wreck. You would be up one moment then down another. Some people use kinds words to compliment you, but they are dripping with sarcasm. Those kind words mean nothing when they are wrapped up in a neat package of negativity. You end up walking away feeling confused and hurt.
I want to encourage you to treat people the way that you want to be treated. For example, I want to be treated with love and respect. I want people to be honest with me. I want people to be patient with me when I make a mistake and not disregard me like filthy rags when I stumble. I want all of this and more. So that means when people treat me worst than mess on the bottom of my shoes, I will not return to them what they are giving me rather I should give them what I want.
The best way to tell a person how you want to be treated is by showing them. If they treat you nasty and you respond in a nasty way then they will continue to treat you that way. But if you speak to them with respect and show compassion, eventually they will change. I am by no means saying that this is easy. On the contrary, it’s a challenge to be nice to someone who is being mean to you. That is when prayer comes into play. We have to be actively seeking God in prayer to help us treat others the way that we want to be treated. No matter how they treat us, we will treat them with love, respect, honesty, compassion, and so much more.
Assignment: Take a moment to write down how you want to be treated. Now take a moment to write down how you treat others when they are mean or nasty to you. Do your two list look similar? I have to be honest my list look different, so that means I have to work on getting them to look exactly the same.
I pray that God grants you a spirit of compassion to treat others with the love of Christ no matter how they treat you.
Have a blessed day.
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