Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 NKJV)
At the beginning of each school year, expectation of behavior is discussed with students. Inevitably, the “Golden Rule” is always brought up, usually by the students. They liken it to respect. The idea is that how you treat another person is how you would want them to treat you. This concept is not a new one. It seems somehow ingrained in our DNA that people are valuable and they deserve to be treated as such.
Why is the Golden Rule so important and how does it apply to us today? It is basic common courtesy, and it is an expectation or law as recorded in Matthew and earlier in the Old Testament.
If we can follow this basic, yet profound human behavior, we will be able to demonstrate to others the love of God - that people are special to God and should be treated with dignity and respect.
"If I treat people with the same courtesy and kindness I would like to be treated with, it may change some people,
but the person it changes most, is me."
- Steve Groll