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Golden Rule

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31

That doesn't say do to others AS they do to you. It doesn't say treat others how they've treated you. It literally means "treat and do for others as you want to be treated and done to you"

If you want to be treated like garbage then by all means treat others that way. If you want to be treated like you're worthless, don't matter, ignored, unimportant then do that to other people. If you want to be disrespected, with no consideration then knock yourself out on the next guy! But remember you reap what you sow. (Galatians 6:7)

If you're the kind of person who demands respect, to be treated good, fair, considerately, with gentleness, compassion, understanding, patience etc...but don't treat others that way even when it's inconvenient or hard to do it's delusional to even think you'll get any of that back from others

If we're treated bad by others are we supposed to return that treatment on them? No and that's the hard part. We're to continue to treat them as we want to be treated no matter what because it's what God demands. If we're doing it to be obedient to God...we'll still struggle at times but we'll do it. If it's just for us then that command will always be one sided and extremely selfish. We're to always do what's right by another person even when we're wronged...even when that person is wrong

Some people you'll never get through to. Some people are so wrapped up in themselves they're like excuse factories. They demand you do what's right by them but when it's time for them to act on what's right they refuse to do it unless it's easy or convenient. The minute something gets difficult they don't want to do anything and come up with a million reasons why they don't have to. In any case we are to always do what's right.

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even the sinful love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even the sinful do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even the sinful lend to the sinful expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." Luke 6:32-35

All people operate on the idea "if  you treat me like garbage then I have every right to do the same to you". But that's not how God operates and that's not what He demands from us. If we treat someone good only because they've been good to us how does that made one a good person? It doesn't. There's no credit to one's character in that. There's no example to others in that. There's no integrity in that

But if we are good to those who have wronged us....that speaks volumes about one's character. That just screams INTEGRITY. That is a true testament to the kind of person one really is and most importantly it's a testament to God's greatness. After all isn't that how God treats us? It's easy to take some sort of revenge on others no matter how big or small. It's easy to withhold good when it's in our power to act. It's easy to become angry and let it fester and hold grudges. How much energy does that take? None. We'll build up entire lifestyles and ways of thinking around this cause it's a "me, me, me" world. What's so difficult is showing grace, mercy and kindness when we've been wronged.

He shows mercy to the wicked. He's shows kindness, grace and patience to the wicked. If He's our example then we can't do things our own way and according to how we view things. We may not agree with someone or their lifestyle but that doesn't mean treat them like garbage. They may not like yours but you still want to be treated right as a human being. Treat them as you want to be treated. It's not easy and I struggle too but the more we grow the easier it will be and how we respond in those situations is gonna reveal (like a big flashing neon sign) just what kind of people we really are

"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." James 4:17

Jesus said to them, "'If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.'" John 9:41


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