Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them… Matthew 7:12.
It is disappointing to see that some people treat others disrespectfully, but they expect others to treat them with respect; what a contradiction! The way we treat others is not to be determined by how we expect them to treat us or by how we think they should treat us, but by how we want them to treat us. It is a crying shame when someone in the church feels they can act horribly towards others and actually think they should be treated right. I find this happening too much among those in churches everywhere. It is imperative that all believers demonstrate the character that shows we are true Christians. Stop expecting something that you are not willing to show to others!
The perfect love of our heavenly Father is most reflected in His children when we treat others as we wish to be treated. Galatians 6:10 states, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” It is shameful when we treat others harshly and criticize them and then get angry when we reap what we have sown. Who are we to think we can escape the harshness and criticism that we have dealt out. The Bible says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap, Galatians 6:7.” Think about this: if we are gossipers; the promise is that someone will gossip about us. If we are a backbiter; then backbiting will come back and bite us. If we are hateful; then we will be hated upon. If we lie on others; then we will be lied upon by others. If we are unforgiving to others; then others will be unforgiving to us. Now, on the flipside, if we are kind, then we will reap kindness. If we are loving; then we will reap love from others. If we are gracious, then we will reap favor from others. If we are generous, then we will reap generosity from others.
In the economy of God, we must understand that God wants His children to exhibit conduct that is pleasing to Him. As I have stated on a number of occasions, God does not hold us accountable for what others do to us; He holds us accountable for the way we respond to them. He does not want us acting in ways that do not reflect who He is, and what He is all about. Therefore, if we want to be treated right by others, then we must treat others the way God desires us to treat them. Even if someone treats us wrong, the Bible says, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Therefore, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give a drink; for in so doing your will heap coals of fire on his head.” (Romans 12:19-20). This is who we are, we are those who will seek to do good because we have the ability to do so. So, I close by asking you, “How do you want to be treated?”
Your servant in Christ,