By: Toby Slough
Can you count the number of times you have heard the golden rule in your life? I can tell you that as a kid growing up, I heard it a fair number of times. It may have been shared with just a touch of tone to it as well. And I am sure I deserved it!
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
But what does that mean for you and me? How can we live out the Golden Rule in our everyday lives?
Here’s the thing. If we don’t feel worthy of God’s love, of God’s generosity-if we don’t see ourselves the way God sees us, we will never be able to see others the way He sees them. And treating others the way God treats us is really what it’s all about, wouldn’t you agree?
Let’s explore some ways we can put the Golden Rule into action and create a kinder world and spread a little positivity along the way!
Serve As You’ve Been Served
One of the most important things we can do in life is to serve others. When we put others first, we show them that we care about them and that we want to help them in any way we can. This is how God loves us – He puts us first and He is always there for us when we need Him. When we serve others, we are following in His footsteps and showing others the same love and care that He has shown us. It is a selfless act that can make a real difference in someone’s life, and it is something that we should all strive to do.
Love As You’ve Been Loved
Cancel culture has been a hot topic of discussion lately, with people falling on both sides of the issue. Some feel that cancel culture is a necessary way to hold people accountable for their words and actions, while others believe that it is too often used to silence dissenting voices. No matter what your opinion on cancel culture may be, it’s important to remember that God calls us to love and respect others, even those with whom we disagree. The Bible tells us to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us” (Matthew 5:44). This doesn’t mean that we should allow others to mistreat us, but it does mean that we should always seek to see others through the lens of God’s love. When we remember that every person is created in God’s image, it becomes easier to extend grace and forgiveness.
See As You Are Seen
When we see others the way God sees us, it radically changes the way we interact with them. If we see them as He does, we will love them unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. We will forgive them when they wrong us because we know that forgiveness is what God has extended to us. We will always put others first because we know that is what God has done for us. When we see others the way God sees us, it changes everything. It changes the way we see ourselves and the way we see the world around us. It changes the way we treat others, and it changes the way we live our lives. Let’s see others as God sees us, and let’s let that change everything.
Jesus served others throughout his ministry on Earth, and he urged his followers to do the same. We can serve like He did when we see ourselves as He sees us. When we see our others as God sees them—people created in His image—we are more likely to serve them well.
And for you, my prayer is that you never forget that…
Your identity is in Christ.
You are fully known.
You are fully loved.
Live in that freedom.
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