Scripture for today: Matthew 7:12
There is a principle that Jesus taught that is known as “the golden rule.” The golden rule is that we should treat others the way we would want them to treat us. Jesus said, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets” (Matt. 7:12).
That verse is the essence of how Christians should treat others. We should treat others the way we would want them to treat us. What does that mean?
Well, it means we wouldn’t judge others because we don’t want them judging us.
It means we wouldn’t gossip because we don’t want others gossiping about us.
It means we wouldn’t steal. We would listen to others. We would try to help others. In short, we would be kinder and have more compassion.
Every day we should strive to live by the golden rule. It is one of the simplest summaries of Christian living.
Years ago, a very prominent judge passed away in Dallas, Texas. Upon his death, lots of flowers were sent to the funeral home by people who wanted to honor him. After the memorial service, another judge was standing and watching an employee of the funeral home load the flowers on the funeral home van to take them to the cemetery. As he watched the flowers being loaded, he said, “Judge _______ sure does have lots of flowers, doesn’t he?”
The man replied, “Yes sir, but he’s been planting the seeds for those flowers a long time.”
Christians, every day we are planting seeds. Make sure we are planting seeds of compassion and kindness.
Gregg Potts is a writer and minister in Bartow County.