Practicing the Golden Rule

Text: Matthew 7:12

We Must Take the Initiative

  • Don’t treat others as they treat you, but as you want them to treat you
  • People may not treat us the way we would like (2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 5:38-41)
  • We must treat others as we would want them to treat us (Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 22:39-40)

Why Are We To Treat Others This Way?

  • Commanded
  • Value of each person (Genesis 1:27; John 3:16)
  • God deals with us in the way we deal with others (Matthew 6:14-15; 7:1-2)
  • If we love God, we must love others (1 John 4:11, 20-21)

How Should We Treat Others?

  • Put others first (Philippians 2:3-4)
  • Be willing to forgive (Matthew 6:14)
  • Strive to live in peace (Romans 12:17-21)
  • Help them when they are in need (Galatians 6:10)
  • Lead them to the truth (Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 4:15)

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