How to Get Along with People
By Dr. Dale A. Robbins
Just a few years ago, a simple placard was often displayed on the walls of many public school rooms. It said, "Remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you." This simple code of behavior, when practiced, made our schools, and society, a far better place than they are today. The Golden Rule has been called the greatest principle of human relations and originated from the Bible with these words of Jesus: "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12).
According to Jesus, two great commands serve as the foundation of all the teaching of law and the prophets (Matt. 22:37-40). The first and greatest commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul." He stated that the second great command is to "love your neighbor as yourself," which is another reference to the Golden Rule. In other words, "love" is the act of doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us.
The Golden Rule continues to be Jesusí expected standard of behavior by His followers. It is not an option, but is considered a command of the Lord...
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