Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. – Matthew 7:12
“Grace” – something we say before eating a meal. Yes, this may be true, but it is NOT the true meaning of the word. According to Matthew 7:12, the verse says, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” We know grace is the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
Does this verse remind you of what we refer to as the “Golden Rule”? What is the significance of this? It appears to be a rule of conduct. What if someone asked us, “How are you doing?” Our response may be a colorful explanation of various ills or problems we are experiencing. The person asking may only want this response: “Fine, thank you!” Details may not be what they want or need.
How then is the underlying way we can apply the “Golden Rule”? People are not mind-readers and don’t know how others want to be treated. The true application of this value system is: treat others with respect, kindness and fairness. Honor boundaries as well as be sensitive of cultural and personal differences. It may be good if we go back to the concepts shared in the book, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” – by Robert Fulghum: hold hands when crossing the street with another person. Be grateful when someone gives us something. Say “please” and “thank you”. Just BE KIND!!
God bless ya real good!
-Terry Miller has over 30 years of banking and training experience with major banking institutions.12+ years as owner/principal of Terry Miller & Associates – a training and development firm. He spent 8 years as director of Pastoral Care with Waxahachie Bible Church. Terry is currently semi-retired. Continuing with self-employment directing Terry Miller & Associates, a consulting firm conducting speaking and training engagements, in addition to authoring and publishing 4 books.