When dealing with others, we often hear it said: 'do unto
others as you would have them do unto you'. This is much like,
but not exactly what the Scriptures say.
The Old Testament mention of this subject reads: "Say
not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to
the man according to his work.", Proverbs 24:29. This verse,
simply says, reward the man according to his work. Disregard
the way he's treated you - - - do what is right in the sight of God.
Matthew's account reads: "Therefore all things, whatsoever
ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to
them: . . .", Matthew 7:12. Reduced to the lowest level this says
'Treat them like I would like to be treated'.
Luke 6:31 closely resembles Matthews words: "and as
ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."
In our 'give and take world', we need to succumb to to
the Lord's way. If all were to practice what the Bible says
about our dealings with others, what would it be like? Would
it be a better world, or worse?
We can clearly see that it depends upon us as individuals
to set the correct way into practice. Be an initiator, not
Just imagine how different our world would be if all
were to follow God's counsel. Price gouging would be history!
Business' in general, would clean up it's act. Car salesmen
would tell a different line. Would soap manufacturers have to
alter their ads? Well the list could go on and on. However, it
must start with us, just like the text states.
We may not be able to change the world, but we can do
something about our own lives; and the Lord will take note of
it' and bless it. Maybe not in money, but in inward joy, and