Everyone has expectations about how they should be treated. No one likes to be ignored, judged, hated, devalued, marginalized, or seen as worthless, useless, dumb, defective or contaminated. And no one likes to be cheated on, railed at, or rejected. Jesus had a very simple solution for just about every relational issue you can imagine. Do for others what you want them to do for you. Since we were created in the image of God, we have been created as relational beings. We can’t help that.
So, what kind of positive relational experiences would cause you to love and look forward to each day – and be optimistic about your future? Here’s Jesus’ point; just like judging others has a boomerang effect, so does loving, showing kindness and giving value. To simplify – instead of sitting around and waiting to be treated like that – start actually doing it! Think about it – instead of the negatives – what would be the kind of positives that would make your relational world healthy. Do that – and you’ll be glad you did. That’s something you can build a life on. If you don’t – you’ll wish you had!
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