“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you,” Matthew 7:12 NASB
Have you ever wondered where the “Golden Rule” came from? Matthew 7:12 is where it is found. I would venture to say most if not all of us have learned or at least heard this before. I can remember when this was a common theme or phrase in elementary school; I think we were taught this in kindergarten. It probably still is taught in most schools, minus the scripture reference. After all, it is great advice.
Imagine how much nicer people would be and how much more pleasant our lives would be if we could adhere to this great command; treat others the way you want to be treated. The many ways life would be happier for all are countless! Consider this:
No more selfishness
No more hate
No more gossip and hurtful words
No more lies
No more greed
No more violence
No more broken hearts
No more prejudice
No more apathy
Conversely, there would be:
Much more selflessness
Much more love
Much more encouragement
Much more truth
Much more charity
Much more peace
Many more healthy relationships
Much more tolerance and acceptance
Much more empathy
Of course, we are imperfect people and we will never be able to fully adhere to the Golden Rule without fault. Still, we should not keep from trying. We have to start somewhere so why not internalize these words, make them personal. Live out the Golden Rule the best you know how as your life’s standard of personal conduct. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Maybe the trend will catch on and life will be happier for all.
Funny, maybe the most important lessons in life are learned in kindergarten after all.