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Do Unto Others As You Would Want Them to Do To You

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That “Golden Rule” is still relevant today. Do unto others as we would want them to do to us. Kindness never goes out of style. Criticizing others while still having a lot to work on in ourselves is simply hypocrisy. My mother-in-law came up with an interesting idea as a reminder of this. She had a small stone and wrote the number “1” on it–as in, anyone who is without sin, throw the first stone!

 

 

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Here is this Saturday’s inspiration and admonition…

 

“We make excuses for our own behavior,

but when someone else

does the same thing we do,

we are often merciless.

In other words,

the very same thing

that we judge others for,

we do ourselves.

Doing unto others

as we want them to do to us

(see Matthew 7:12)

is a good life principle

that will prevent a lot of judgment and criticism,

if followed.

A judgmental mind

is an offshoot of a negative mind–

thinking about what is wrong

with an individual instead of what is right.

**Be positive and not negative!**

Others will benefit, but you will benefit

more than anyone else.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

 

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My Reflections:

 

Oh, how easy this is to do – point out faults in someone else, yet they are often are OWN faults that we can’t see or won’t acknowledge. Yet, that’s probably why they look so familiar to us! In psychology, it’s called projection, a defense mechanism by which we deny the existence of our own faults and unpleasant characteristics, and assign them to and see them in others.

 

We sometimes forget other people don’t like being reminded of their faults any more than we do–and it’s always important to practice that “Golden Rule” of  “Doing unto others as we want them to do to us.”

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts today?

 

Do you ever wonder why certain traits in other people make you so annoyed, only to realize you have struggles in the same areas in your life?

 

Do you regularly strive to implement the Golden Rule?

 

 

7 Comments

  1. V.J.Maheu

    I was thinking of just this today. I know someone who became so upset over how others in Christianity seemed to be hypocrites, that this person ended up leaving the church altogether. Always talking about how these “other people” couldn’t practice forgiveness, but they themselves were so unforgiving about other’s unforgiveness that they walked away from their faith.
    I think that’s why it is very important to remember that we need to concentrate on taking the beam out of our own eye before trying to remove the speck from our brother’s eye.

    14 . Jan . 2017
  2. Jacqui Malpass

    We are mirrors for what is around us. I wonder why others feel the need to shout and be abusive? My response is to breathe through this to try and not respond. By that I mean I would never shout back, but often I curse under my breath and then later I usually send them love and ask for their anger to be taken or at least reduced.

    15 . Jan . 2017
  3. Dr Mariette Jansen

    It is often more important to be kind than to be right (Dr Wayne Dyer) and it is the ego that wants to be right and overrides the heart.

    15 . Jan . 2017
  4. zahra

    this is a beautiful post. it’s so important to be reminded of these golden rules

    15 . Jan . 2017
  5. Karen Barrick

    I couldn’t agree more. I don’t really think my problem with people is that we have the same “issues” lol but that I want them to be like me. I want them to want to be on time and never late (which is a HUGE irritation to me) I can’t accept people just for who they are faults and all and want to change them in to who I think they should be.

    To me, being late is so disrespectful that it isn’t funny but I have to stop putting what I believe on to others

    15 . Jan . 2017
  6. Ruth Bowers

    I always try to live by the golden rule, but it is sometimes hard. I think we need more compassion and treating others as we’d like to be treated now because of the way things are going.

    15 . Jan . 2017
  7. 1010ParkPlace

    I once read that we get mad at others when we should really get mad or be disappointed in ourselves. That’s inline with your questions. Love Joyce Meyers… Brenda

    15 . Jan . 2017

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