Do unto others…
Matthew 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Mark 12:30-31 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
Luke 10:27 So he answered and said, “‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.'”
This verse states clearly the same thing. The message is clear. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Be kind even if someone is sharp and impatient, and try to maintain to pleasant and loving countenance.
I love seeing my friends or others be kind despite the way others may be acting. I admire it. When my anger tips at someone’s rudeness, obvious impatience or reluctance at their job, or someone not wanting to deal with my issue, I find it difficult to maintain and not strike back. And although I strive to remain pleasant, patient and kind, I feel my displeasure with them boiling up. But I have several friends who seem to deal levelly with these similar issues. Their behavior is something I admire and aspire to, a goal I work toward.
I know that I am a more critical critic than God. He applauds the fact that I try to be better and do better each day of my walk with Him. I may still see a huge flaw or lack in my behavior or attitude, but God sees more of my advance, my progress than my lack. How fortunate! And I must admit, I do consistently and persistently try harder each time I receive His ‘good job,’ or ‘you could have handled that better.’ Treating others the way I wish to be treated is doing what God wants each of us to do; to be the best of all He has created.
The fact that He sometimes scolds me when I behaved poorly or less than ideally indicates He loves me and wants me to act better. His admonishments are much like my parents. “Kath, that is definitely not the way to treat your sibling. You know….” And whatever it was I did not do properly was discussed. The expected level of behavior was always made clear. I knew the expectation and I strove to achieve it; because I did not want to be a disappointment.
And, it is the same with God’s mandates. I don’t want to be a disappointment. I will never achieve excellence. But I can achieve and master better than before. So I strive to treat others the same way I want to be treated each and every day. Keep the Holy Spirit correcting me.
I want to be better for and to others; I want me and “mybellaviews” to positively touch others.