The Golden Rule = Grace
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. (Luke 6:31)
This is one of Jesus’ most famous and most oft repeated sayings. This is often called The Golden Rule. It’s something that most parents try to teach their children. We see it quoted by Christians and non-Christians alike. This is really grace in action.
If you want grace, then you must give grace. If you want people to forgive you when
you mess up then you must first extend forgiveness. If you want people to act graciously towards you then you must act graciously toward them.
We all know that not everyone will simply reciprocate your actions of grace but that’s not really the issue. The issue that Jesus presents is that we are responsible for our own actions and how we treat others. Therefore, we must be the first to extend grace and mercy. You treat people with grace whether they treat you with grace or not simply because you want to be treated with grace.
- You treat your enemies with grace because you want them to treat you with grace.
- You treat people with mercy and compassion because you want them to treat you with mercy and compassion.
- You treat people with forgiveness and kindness because you want them to treat you with forgiveness and kindness.
- You treat people like they are a valuable human being, worthy of love and acceptance because you want to be treated as a valuable human being, worthy of love and acceptance.
- You treat people who sin differently than you with grace because when you sin differently than someone else, you are going to want grace.
- You quit judging people by their actions because you don’t really know why they did what they did. You give grace because you don’t have all the answers. And frankly, it’s probably not any of your business anyway.
- You treat people with grace because that’s how God treats you.
The Golden Rule really does embody the grace of God. While every person we treat with grace may not always extend that grace back, we will reap what we sow eventually.
Imagine if every single human being followed Jesus’ Golden Rule. The world would be a much better place.
Begin to treat others the way you want to be treated. Instead of judging people based on their actions, give them the benefit of the doubt by showing them love and grace.
When treated wrongly, act in grace.
Treat others with the grace that you want to be treated with.
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