“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Every major religious in the world, without exception, affirms a close variation of what is called in Christianity the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
It’s a spiritual guide that appeals even to our intellectual nature. It makes sense! If everyone were to apply this sort of enlightened self-interest to all interactions with others, the world would unquestionably be a friendlier place.
Makes sense. But it hardly seems powerful enough to be perhaps the most universally acknowledged spiritual truth in the world. It’s a little too obvious, too simple. Is there more to it than meets the eye? There is.
The Golden Rule is not simply a recommendation of proper behavior. It is a key to the deepest truth the universe can demonstrate: our Oneness with each other, and with the Power of God. We do not treat others lovingly just because it is good for them – or even good for us. “As you sow,” Jesus taught, “so shall you reap.” Or as it’s often expressed in Twelve Step recovery programs, “To keep it, you must give it away.”
Do I want to feel loved? If I put love out to others, Spirit will return that love to me multiplied many times over. It’s the law. And it is the key to joy and fulfillment in every area of my life.
Today I behave toward everyone I meet as lovingly and supportively as I want to be treated myself, and I surrender to divine law at work in my life. Thank you, God!