A breakthrough idea: Do unto others
It’s easy to treat people well when you like them and things are good between you. But how do you treat people who cut you off in traffic, skip in line at the grocery store, the people who hurt or disappoint you? How do you treat others when you don’t feel understood, supported, or appreciated? Don’t we tend to try to justify how we treat them based on how they treat us? In Luke 6:31, Jesus gives us a breakthrough idea in how we are to respond to and treat others. He says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Creating a different world simply with “Do unto others.”
Let me ask you a question: Have you ever been distracted in your driving and accidentally cut off someone else? Or have you been dealing with an irritable child and without realizing it jumped in line at the grocery store not really intending to? Have you ever hurt or disappointed someone? Or have you ever not supported someone dreams and aspirations in life? More than likely you can say yes to at least one (if not all) of those questions. In those moments, how would you want others to treat you?
You would want them to understand the situation you are in and show you grace, compassion, and forgiveness, right? Well Jesus said that however you want people to treat you, is how you should treat others. Even if the other person’s intentions were purely malicious, we are to treat them the same way we would want others to treat us. What a different world we would live in if everyone lived this way!
A New Mentality: Do unto others as Christ did for us
Let’s take it a step further. What if Jesus treated us the way we deserve to be treated rather than showing us grace, compassion, and forgiveness? If He did, then none of us would have even small chance of eternity in heaven. We’d all get exactly what we deserve – Hell. Instead, Christ demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, He died for us. None of us deserve the sacrifice Jesus made – but it was because He loved us, even when we are our ugliest and most sinful selves that He gave His life for us. How we treat others can be a witness to the Savior that lives within us – so are you showing Christ to the world in how you treat others?
If Jesus can love us, even while we are yet sinners and at our most unlovable state He gave His life for us, than we can love others even when they treat us horribly. It doesn’t mean we make excuses for their behavior and just accept it. There are times when we must confront behavior, but it should never be a reaction based on our anger. Sometimes we need to take a few moments and walk away to pray and process our own thoughts and emotions before we confront the other person. It is helpful to consider two questions: 1) What else is going on in the other person’s life that could be causing them to act the way they are? 2) How would I want to be treated in this situation?
Today, Do Unto Others
Today, will you commit to taking a moment to think about how you would want to be treated when others are not treating you as they should and then treat them the way you want to be treated?
God, help us when we are mistreated, not supported, underappreciated, and being taken advantage of to show others the same love, grace and forgiveness that you have shown to us and in doing so, we show them the love of Christ.
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In a world that says, “Look at me!” I want the world to see nobody but Jesus. Based on the song by Casting Crowns. Watch the music video on YouTube
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God instructed the Israelite priests to pray the prayer of blessing every day over the people. The prayer is found in Numbers 6:24-26. Hang the canvass in your home or carry the mug, tote bag, or water bottle and let the prayer of blessing impact all those who you meet throughout the day.
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