Thinking about the random acts of kindness that have come to my attention lately, somehow brought to mind The Golden Rule. In its simplicity this fundamental rule of living means that we don’t treat others in a way that we would not want to be treated. In other words, it is good to stop and think before we speak or act in a way that would hurt another person. Yet we don’t always do that…maybe because it is not so easy in the heat of the moment…maybe because we feel vindicated by putting someone “in their place”.
I remember being at a social function many years ago, and met a man who was constantly putting his wife down. He didn’t have a good thing to say about her; and this in front of a group of people. I couldn’t imagine what he would be like in private! He turned to me and asked, “Well, don’t you think I’m right to want to make her be a better person?” My response was simply, “Do to her as you would have her do to you…talk to her as you would have her talk to you. Would you really want to be treated as you are treating your wife?” And then I left the table before I was tempted to renege on my own advice.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:7 …do to others what you would have them do to you…and also in Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
This great advice would not have made it into the Bible if it was not to be life lesson.
Sometimes a random act of kindness may be to simply apply the Golden Rule.