So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.—Matthew 7:12
Too often in our world today, our focus is on “me” at the center of the universe: how does this affect me? How did that person treat me? How does that social media post impact me?
Jesus, however, challenges us to think about treating others the way we want to be treated. This certainly affects our relationships, but it also affects our relationship with God! How we treat others is how God will treat us!
In Matthew 5:7 Jesus says, “Be merciful, and you will receive mercy;” and in Matthew 6:14 he says, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” It’s a sobering reminder.
Question: Who can you think about that you might need to forgive from your heart? Who comes to mind who may need to forgive you for the way you’ve treated them? Are you paying close attention to how you treat others, whether friends, family, strangers on the road, or people at work? Would you be comfortable with God treating you the same way?
Family Chat: What's the "Golden Rule"? When [fill this in with a common source of conflict at your house], what would you want the other person to do? So, according to Jesus, what should YOU do?
Take Action: When someone wrongs you or cuts you off in traffic this week, be merciful! When someone does or says something that you find offensive, forgive them and let it go. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what one percent adjustment you need to make today in the way you treat others. Journal about your experiences. Talk to your life group about it.