Is it easier to be critical or to be supportive?

Early in my life, I learned something that is commonly called “The Golden Rule,” and it goes something like this: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”


This is not just something modern man made up.


It is Biblical. Jesus said it. It is in the book of Matthew (7:12) and also in the book of Luke (6:31), but Jesus was explaining the love we must have for each other, as was mandated in the old laws. In Leviticus 19:18, God tells us, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”


Have you ever heard of this Golden Rule? This may seem to be a stupid question, as many of us grew up knowing that the Golden Rule was found in the Bible, and that it was a rule we must all follow. But look at our society today. What percentage of folks you know are using this very important rule?


The unselfish nature that we were taught as kids from the “Good Book” seems to be evident only when we are in certain circles. (Is this your church voice?)


It is so true that “You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.” It’s not just an expression. When we are kind to people, complimentary, and supportive, it promotes peace and harmony. So many folks just don’t get that. It never elevates a person who tries to cut others down in order to make themselves look good.


I know everyone has a bad day, and sometimes it is very, very hard to put on a happy face amid the troubles and issues of a difficult day. However, when we force through a smile at someone, and give another a kind gesture, it makes the whole day better for both.


“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus taught many lessons through the use of parables, or stories that gave examples for us to follow. One of the most famous of his parables was the story of the Good Samaritan. In this story, a man needed the help of others because he had been beaten and abused. Two men passed by this injured and helpless person, both were church guys and both of them ignored the man who desperately need their help. The third man, the Samaritan, stopped to help. This third one showed compassion for the injured man, and truly did for him what he would have liked to have others do for him.


This is what the Golden Rule teaches us.


This is an election year. Listen to the candidates as they speak about themselves and others who oppose them. Is this the candidate that will work for the good of those who need him or her, or does this candidate care only about criticizing the opponent? Listen to see if you can tell.


Be the best you can be, and allow God to shine through you as you show others how much they are loved.


— My love to all,


Nancy


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“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.


— Luke 6:27-28

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