Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated

“God, I hate this! I treat them with respect and they treat me so wrong. Doesn’t Your Word tell us, ‘Treat others the way you want to be treated?’ I treat them respectfully and treat them disrespectfully. I don’t understand.”

Has this ever happened to you? I love how we play the God-card to God. “God, doesn’t Your Word tell us…?” Yes, God does know what the Word says. He wrote it! I know that I have asked that in the past! I might have even said the same exact words, until God stopped me at one point.

“Sure, the Bible tells you to do that. But, what’s in your heart? You treat them with respect, but your heart is so angry against this person, your heart is so far away from the respect that you’re showing them. If your heart is full of anger against a person, but yet treat them with respect, isn’t it a lie? You’re not honestly treating them the way you want to be treated, because your heart towards them is full of anger. You’re not being true, you’re not being authentic. So yes, treat others the way you want to be treated. But because of the anger in your heart, you’re treating them with anger, with disrespect. It doesn’t matter what you do outwardly, but what lies within your heart. Your actions reflects your heart. So this is why these specific people are treating you with disrespect, because you’re doing it subconsciously.”

I stood in awe. What God said was so right, because the people that treated me wrong, I had anger towards them.

I then stood and asked for forgiveness for the way I was acting. And I still struggle with this. It’s hard to look at people with love who treat you wrong. But it’s time to forgive. I’ve been in the process of forgiving them, and my heart is slowly changing from the anger into love. It feels wonderful!

So, this is what I say to you: Examine your heart. How is your heart treating this individual? If it’s anything apart from love, then pray to God for a heart transplant, that he revolutionizes your heart and he leads it to repentance. God doesn’t want us to live in anger or in bitterness, but in love and grace.

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About selflessacrifice

I love Jesus! I want to be an example to young people and women. Learning to die to myself and live for Christ. It's a hard process, but I know the outcome will be beautiful!
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4 Responses to Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated

  1. Hi selflessacrifice, thank you for joining up with us we appreciate this and will look forward to sharing both our ups and downs together. Thank you also for your message it was good to ponder on and had constructive help to offer.

    Anger and disappointment are God given emotions, like all our emotions, yes they are the opposite to the feel good emotions but they are needed. If people are not angry about injustice or cruelty they would continue, if we never felt disappointment or sorrow we would not seek to resolve what is causing them with others or just within ourselves, your advice was very good.

    We have natural responses to things like disappointment, anger, grief etc these emotions can affect our bodies this is why we need to deal with them, they also can lead to dangerous emotions like bitterness and resentment which gives Satan a foothold but as you shared God helps us to deal with negative emotions when we ask Him and we remember that Jesus was known as a man of sorrows and experienced grief but He knew what His tomorrow held and that many would reject him and so suffer eternally and this was their choice, thankfully we don’t know but of course regardless of what happens we have a wonderful Hope to focus on, thanks to Jesus’ sacrificial death.

    As for those who disappoint us, perhaps because of my many years of being with people from all walks of life and in all situations, I realise that you can’t please everyone all the time and we may not have even done anything to cause a persons anger or dislike of us, or if we did it may have been for good reasons, Truth hurts those in error and so will needed rebuking and correcting as we see with Jesus’ accusers. So it is their problem and no matter what we do even if it is good they will read into it as bad and respond negatively. If we know we are not responsible for their negative actions but believe me they will have many reasons why we are, then we move on in Love forgiving them even if they won’t accept it by their repentance and if so then we pray for them to come to their senses because if they don’t sadly they will reap what they sow through their bitterness and resentment, it eats goodness away like cancer no matter how much they justify it.

    Thanks again, Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  2. Freedomborn says:

    Thank you for joining up with us selflessacrifice, we appreciate this and will look forward to sharing both our ups and downs together. Thank you also for your message it was good to ponder on and had constructive help to offer.

    Anger and disappointment are God given emotions, like all our emotions, yes they are the opposite to the feel good emotions but they are needed. If people are not angry about injustice or cruelty they would continue, if we never felt disappointment or sorrow we would not seek to resolve what is causing them with others or just within ourselves, your advice was very good.

    We have natural responses to things like disappointment, anger, grief etc these emotions can affect our bodies this is why we need to deal with them, they also can lead to dangerous emotions like bitterness and resentment which gives Satan a foothold but as you shared God helps us to deal with negative emotions when we ask Him and we remember that Jesus was known as a man of sorrows and experienced grief but He knew what His tomorrow held and that many would reject him and so suffer eternally and this was their choice, thankfully we don’t know but of course regardless of what happens we have a wonderful Hope to focus on, thanks to Jesus’ sacrificial death.

    As for those who disappoint us, perhaps because of my many years of being with people from all walks of life and in all situations, I realise that you can’t please everyone all the time and we may not have even done anything to cause a persons anger or dislike of us, or if we did it may have been for good reasons, Truth hurts those in error and so will needed rebuking and correcting as we see with Jesus’ accusers. So it is their problem and no matter what we do even if it is good they will read into it as bad and respond negatively. If we know we are not responsible for their negative actions but believe me they will have many reasons why we are, then we move on in Love forgiving them even if they won’t accept it by their repentance and if so then we pray for them to come to their senses because if they don’t sadly they will reap what they sow through their bitterness and resentment, it eats goodness away like cancer no matter how much they justify it.

    Thanks again, Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  3. david says:

    I like how you used the word ‘authentic’. It makes me think of one of my favorite words, ‘genuine’. I’ve been reading a bunch of your blog and I hope you don’t mind me saying, it’s delightful.

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