"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12
There is a "Golden Rule"-- Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It doesn't say-- Do unto others the way they have done unto you. If we would make it our goal to live in such a way-- a way of treating others they same way we want to be treated-- this world would be a different place.
What do your actions say about you? How do they say you want to be treated? Think about it. If you apply this rule to what you do in regard to others, then what are you saying to them? How are you telling them to treat you? If you are unkind, then you are telling them to be unkind to you. If you are cheating someone, abusing someone, lying about someone, taking advantage of someone else, gossiping about another person, refusing to forgive someone, then you are saying that you want others to do the same thing to you.
There is a law, not just a rule, at work here. It is the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Whatever you sow, that is what you will reap. When you do anything to someone else, you are sowing something that you will reap later. If you sow kindness, you will reap kindness. If you sow mercy, you will reap mercy. If you sow hate, you will reap hate. If you sow bitterness, you will reap bitterness. My mother always said, "What goes around, comes around". So how do we keep from reaping the bad? By sowing good "seeds". How do we do that? By treating others the way we want to be treated.
We can't stop the actions of others. We will reap some unpleasant things that we have not sown because of the wickedness in the hearts of others. And just because we treat others in a manner of goodness that we want to be treated with, doesn't mean that everyone will automatically treat you with goodness in return-- some may not. But you can be certain of this, if you do treat others in a way in which you don't want to be treated, you will reap that because it will be like having a sign pinned to yourself that says, "Mistreat Me!" So take heed how you are treating others. And ask yourself, "Is this how I would want them to treat me?"
Have a great day. The way you treat others is how you want to be treated.
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