Golden Rule: Use Empathy

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

We often get this one backwards. We want to lash back in kind, or worse, do to them before they do to us. Instead we need to ask, if we were in that person’s position, how would we want treated? And do likewise unto them. In other words, we need to use a little empathy.

Forgive us, Lord, for we have often followed the world’s golden rules rather than yours. We pray we would be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us. (Eph 4:32) Guard our steps and teach us to keep our hearts tender to your ways.