“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7-12
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
The Golden Rule is probably the most popular Christian Lesson for both Christians and non-Christians. After reading all the Christian Lessons, I think the Golden Rule combines the majority of the points from the other Lessons.
It is difficult to treat people with respect when they have been cruel to you. While working in my business, many times a customer has abused our product and then communicated negative things about our company. Many years ago I would criticize the customer and make sure everyone understands that the issue is not with the product. However, as I progressed with my understanding of the Christian Lessons, I began to be honest with the customer. In being honest, I let them know what they can do to help the situation, but I always treated them with respect regardless of how cruel they were to me. It is amazing how quickly the customer changes their demeanor and becomes supportive. In some cases, the customer became a good reference for our new products.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
The Golden Rule applies just as much to family, friends, fellow students, co-workers, and casual contacts. In my own family, family members created disputes that lasted a long time resulting in stress and discomfort. It does take more effort to treat everyone with respect, but over time, the result is lower stress, and relationships are improved.
The Golden Rule was especially challenging while I was playing college football. There are many confrontations during a football game. Sometimes the confrontation is with a player from the other team. Sometimes the confrontation is with a fellow player. The fans and coaches can also be the source of conflict. If you follow the Golden Rule, your response to ridicule is the same regardless of the source. If you defuse the situation, it will not grow into something difficult to manage. You will feel less stress and your life will be more fulfilling.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
Sometimes following the Golden Rule may not seem like the best option because you want to let the other person know you are not weak or not in the wrong. When you look back on previous situations, you realize that appearing weak or in the wrong is not nearly as important as developing a mutually beneficial relationship that will last a long time. If you analyze your life, you will probably realize that it is always better to follow the Golden Rule. That is why it is the most popular Christian Lesson even with non-Christians.