Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
I was sitting thinking about this verse this morning and I asked myself how often are we really thinking about this when we are talking to others or treating someone a certain way. We all want to be loved, honored, and respected. We want our family, friends and co-workers to be loyal to us but do we treat them that way? Would we want to be treated and talked to the way we treat others or be spoken to the way we speak to others? Would we want our friends and family spoken about the way we speak of other people’s family? It’s so easy to justify ourselves when we talk down to someone or speak bad about someone, or treat someone with disrespect but truth be told we all have issues that need work. Often we wonder what is wrong with our relationships when truth be told our relationships are only as good as the amount of work we are willing to put into that relationship. If we talk down to and are disrespectful to those we want to treat us with love and respect chances are we will not receive the love, respect and devotion we want from them. As we walk into a new year let us start to think about our words and our actions towards others. Let us be willing to put forth the effort that is needed to keep our relationships healthy. Hurts go deep and do not heal overnight so be willing to be patient and consistent in having a Jesus like attitude toward others in word and actions. Jesus knew what He was talking about, love and respect comes from being willing to love and respect others not just today but everyday of our lives.